“September 16 2016 of the year made the first flight from the airdrome of the Taganrog Aviation Scientific-Technical Complex named after Gm Beriev, the first production amphibious aircraft Be-200ES for the Russian Emergencies Ministry, ”says the release.
According to the information, “the aircraft was piloted by the crew of the TANTK. Gm Beriev as part of test pilots Nikolai Kuleshov and Yevgeny Yurasov. During the 15 minute flight, the aircraft's behavior in all modes is normal. ”
“The plane was built as part of the state contract for the supply of six new Be-200ES of the Taganrog assembly by the Russian Emergencies Ministry,” the press service added.
Earlier, the company's general director Yury Grudinin told reporters at the Be-200 Emergency roll-out ceremony, told reporters that the order for 6 aircraft for the Emergency Situations Ministry and 5 aircraft for the Ministry of Defense would be completed by 2018.
According to the manufacturer, “the multi-purpose amphibious aircraft Be-200ES is designed to meet the challenges of firefighting, emergency assistance in areas of emergency disaster, search and rescue on water, sanitary and freight traffic.”
Its maximum speed is up to 700 km / h, speed when performing search and rescue operations - 300-500 km / h. Aircraft refueling with water (up to 12 tons) is carried out at the aerodrome or on an open water reservoir in the gliding mode.
Previously, these machines were assembled by the Irkutsk Aviation Plant.