Russian Defense Ministry intends to proceed with the 2013-2014 year to the procurement of amphibious aircraft Be-200. This was announced by Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov. According to him, the military department "understands how and where we will use it." At present, the possibility of purchase of eight seaplanes production Taganrog Aviation Scientific-Technical Complex named after Beriev.
The military department expects Beriev Beriev name proposals for the modernization of amphibious aircraft A-42. "We get these proposals — will be considered. If they do we will arrange on the timing, price and output parameters, it is likely to open a development work ", — said Serdyukov. A-42 was created for the Russian Navy on the basis of the A-40. It was originally planned that the aircraft will perform search and rescue functions, but now he is projected as a multi-purpose.
The Be-200 in the base version is designed for extinguishing fires. The aircraft can carry up to 32 tons of water. The Be-200 is capable of flying at speeds of up to 610 kilometers per hour, and its flight range of up to 3.1 thousand kilometers. The aircraft design provides for its operation on the ground as airfields, and in bodies of water with wave heights up to 1.2 meters. The Be-200 can also be used to transport troops, conduct search and rescue operations and patrols.