The Russian Be-200ES aircraft will be used to fight
wildfires in Greece. The corresponding agreement between the
Hellenic Ministry of Citizen Protection, responsible for
organizing measures for fighting wildfires, and was PJSC
ILYUSHIN officially signed in Athens. The agreement was
prepared with the support of the representative office of
Rostec State Corporation in Greece, initiated with
negotiations between the Russian delegation, headed by the
First Deputy Director General of Rostec Vladimir Artyakov,
and the Greek Deputy Minister of Citizens Protection, Mr.
Nikos Hardalias, in March this year.
Foreign countries regularly seek Russia’s help in
eliminating wildfires. In 2020, a first contract for fire
extinguishing services with a foreign customer was
implemented, and Russian Be-200ES amphibious aircraft was
received positively. This contributed to its promotion to
foreign markets, both for providing services and for direct
Be-200ES is the world's only amphibious jet aircraft, which
provides undeniable advantages in speed when extinguishing
fires. Be-200ES can take on board up to 12 tons of water.
The aircraft has a good performance in terms of the number
of water discharges per hour. For one refueling, the
aircraft is capable of dropping up to 270 tons of water.