Beriev Be-200 Altair

Hello IFC, I am requesting the Berijev Be-200 to be added to IF.

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The Beriev Be-200 is a multirole aircraft primarily used by the Ministry for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters of Russia [Basically FEMA]. It was first revealed at the Paris Airshow back in 1991 as a model, with the first flight being on the 24 September 1998. It is currently in service with Azerbaijan and Russia.


Operators:

Russia
Ministry of Emergency Situations; 11 in inventory

Azerbaijan
Ministry of Emergency Situations; 1 in inventory


Orders:
Chile
Asesorias CBP Ltda; 2 Be-200s on order and 3 options

People’s Republic of China
Energy Leader Group; 2 Be-200s on order and 2 options

United States
Seaplane Global Air Services; 4 Be-200ESs on order and 6 options

USA Firefighting corp.
4 Be-200s on order


Design and Production History:
The Be-200 was designed by the Beriev Aircraft Company, in cooperation with the Irkutsk Aircraft Production Association. The project was led by Alexander Yavkin, and project approval was granted on the 8th of December, 1990. Beriev created specialized fire equipment for the aircraft, making it be able to scoop water at 90-95% of it takeoff speed.

Selling to the Other Countries:
In 2001, the aircraft was displayed at the International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition in Malaysia and the Aerospace and Defense Exhibition in South Korea to try to boost sales for the aircraft.

In 2002, the Be-200 participated in international aviation exhibitions, successfully demonstrating its capabilities to potential customers in France and Greece with 15 demonstration flights made from land and eight from water.

Western Certification:
Irkut and Airbus SE signed an agreement in May of 202 to carry out a market study on the aircraft. It was completed in May of 2003, revealing a potential market of 320 aircraft over 20 years. Airbus and Irkut worked with Rolls Royce Deutschland to obtain certification from western countries which was received on the 7th September 2010. They also attempted to create a variant with the Rolls-Royce BR715, but the engine would have required an extensive rework, due to its weight and salt water corrosion issues.


General characteristics:

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 32.0 m (105 ft 0 in)
  • Wingspan: 32.8 m (107 ft 7 in)
  • Height: 8.9 m (29 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area: 117.4 m² (1,264 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 27,600 kg (60,850 lb)
  • Max Take Off Weight (Land): 41,000 kg (90,390 lb)
  • Max Take Off Weight (Water): 37,900 kg (83,550 lb)
  • Max Capacity (Water or Retardant): 12,000 kg (26,450 lb)
  • Max Capacity (Cargo): 7,500 kg (16,530 lb)
  • Max Capacity (Passengers): 44 (Be-200ES) 72 (Be-210)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Progress D-436TP turbofans, 7,500 kgf (16,534 lbf) each

Performance:

  • Maximum speed: 700 km/h (435 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 560 km/h (348 mph)
  • Economy speed: 550 km/h (342 mph)
  • Landing speed: 200 km/h (124 mph)
  • Takeoff speed: 220 km/h (137 mph)
  • Minimum speed (Flaps 38°): 157 km/h (98 mph)
  • Range: 2,100 km (1,305 mi)
  • Ferry range (One Hour Reserve): 3,300 km (2,051 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 8,000 m (26,246 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 13 m/s (2,600 ft/min) (At Sea Level and MTOW—Flaps 20°)
  • Rate of climb: 17 m/s (3,350 ft/min) (At Sea Level and MTOW—Flaps 0°)

Avionics:

  • ARIA 200-M integrated avionics system

Varients:

  • Be-200 : Basic multirole model
  • Be-200ChS Multirole model fitted to the requirements of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations
  • Be-200E : English cockpit version of the Be-200ES
  • Be-200RR : Projected Rolls-Royce engined variant, since shelved.
  • Be-210 : Projected passenger-only model
  • Be-220 : Projected maritime patrol variant.

Why we need this in Infinte Flight:
Currently there is a complete lack of aircraft from eastern Europe in Infinte Flight. There is also only one firefighting aircraft in infinite flight [DC-10F; 10 Air Tanker Carrier]. If this aircraft were to be introduced into infinte flight, it would change the game entirely, from the places you could land, to the activities you could simulate.


Sources

https://defence-blog.com/news/russia-indonesia-to-sign-contract-on-sale-of-4-be-200-amphibious-planes.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beriev_Be-200

As unique as an aircraft as that is I don’t see it being added to IF : )

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You never know. If you fancy it, be sure to drop a vote. :)

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Same here. I just think that more people are wanting more common, and more well-known, aircraft to be added.

Well, if we were to get this aircraft, we’d need realistic water to float on. That wont come soon. But, hey, I’ll consider voting after some time.

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Yes please.

One of my favourite planes, amphibious concept pushed into the jet age and a rare ability to match a very versatile mission profile

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Great feature request, both the subject and content is excellent.

To those folk saying that they don’t want it added - then simply don’t vote, there’s also no need to comment that you don’t think it will be added because weirder and whackier things have happened before now!

I don’t have any spare votes Ace, however it’s bookmarked and sits number 2 in the queue.

Thanks for such a great request. Appreciate the time you put into this.

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Found this really cool video of them doing some practice if anyone is interested:

Just going to bump this up with this announcement:

Post has been edited to reflect this. :)

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Haha thanks @Aceorbit!