22 Nov 2019 11:25

Mexico plans to buy Be-200 amphibious planes from Russia

MOSCOW. Nov 22 (Interfax) - Mexican military officials are discussing the possibility of procuring three Be-200 amphibious aircraft from Russia to be subsequently used in firefighting operations, an informed source told Interfax.

"Mexico is enormously interested in buying Be-200s. The possibility of procuring three such planes was discussed at talks with the military delegation," the source said.

Russia is ready to supply three Be-200s to Mexico.

The press service of the Transport Aviation Battalion of Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) said on Thursday that Russia and Mexico are discussing the delivery of Be-200 amphibious aircraft.

"Talks on the delivery of Be-200 amphibious aircraft and the possibility of their licensed production in Mexico continued with the Mexican delegation," the press service said following the Dubai Airshow.

Be-200ChS is a multirole amphibious airplane which can be used for emergency assistance in disaster areas, search and rescue on water, as an air ambulance and cargo freighter, and for environmental monitoring. The plane can carry up to 12 tonnes of water. It can drop up to 270 tonnes of water on a fire area without refuelling.