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KALININGRAD, February 22 (Itar-Tass) — Russia’s Baltic Fleet will get four multipurpose amphibious planes Be-200 in 2013, the fleet’s commander, Rear Admiral Viktor Chirkov told reporters on Wednesday.
“Russia’s Defence Ministry has already issued a decree for the purchase of four amphibious planes in 2013,” he said.
The aircraft will be deployed at an air field that will be specially built in Russia’s most western enclave of Kaliningrad.
“The fleet feels demand for amphibious aircraft that can be used for search and rescue operations. If the planes undergo drastic modernization, their functions can be enlarged,” Chirkov said.
Be-200 is designed for fire fighting operations and is capable of carrying up to 32 tonnes of water. It can be also used for carrying personnel, fulfilling search, rescue and maritime patrol missions.