STATUS: Active, Limited Service
MANUFACTURER(S): Irkut / Beriev - Russia
OPERATORS: Azerbaijan; Chile (ordered); Kazakhstan; Russia; Thailand; United States (ordered); Vietnam
LENGTH: 104.99 feet (32 meters)
WIDTH: 107.61 feet (32.8 meters)
HEIGHT: 29.20 feet (8.9 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 60,848 pounds (27,600 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 90,390 pounds (41,000 kilograms)
ENGINE: 2 x Progress D-436TP turbofan engines developing 16,535lb of thrust each.
SPEED (MAX): 435 miles-per-hour (700 kilometers-per-hour; 378 knots)
RANGE: 1,305 miles (2,100 kilometers; 1,134 nautical miles)
CEILING: 26,247 feet (8,000 meters; 4.97 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 3,350 feet-per-minute (1,021 meters-per-minute)
Detailing the development and operational history of the Beriev Be-200 Altair Amphibious Flying Boat Aircraft.
Entry last updated on 9/17/2018.
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The Beriev Be-200 "Altair" is based on the Cold War-era Beriev A-40 "Albatros", a twin-engined amphibious aircraft capable of landing and taking off from water or a runway. Two of the militarized version were procured by the Russian Navy during the 1980s. First flight of a multirole, civilian-variant occurred on September 24th, 1998 for use in firefighting, general cargo transport, passenger hauling, maritime patrol and Search And Rescue (SAR) services. To date, nine of the Be-200 have been manufactured under the Irkut brand label. The Be-200 is currently (February 2014) used by the Azerbaijani Ministry of Emergencies as well as the Russian Ministry of emergency Situations. It is under order for the Russian Ministry of Defence.
The true amphibious qualities of the Be-200 allow the aircraft to come to rest on water sources. As a firefighting platform, this facilitates the need to take on water stores and then return over a contested fire. In the same way, the aircraft is able to land on water to rescue downed airmen or civilians when otherwise a rescue helicopter would have to be called in.
The aircraft is crewed by two and can seat as many as 72 when outfitted in the passenger transport role. Her cargo-carrying capacity sits at 16,500lbs. Up to 26,450lbs of water volume can be taken on. Overall dimensions include a length of 105 feet, a wingspan of 107.6 feet and a height of 29 feet. Her design includes a boat-like fuselage doubling as a waterborne hull with the flight deck set at the extreme front end of the aircraft. Wings are purposely high-mounted along the sides of the fuselage to promote better lifting qualities. Pontoons are affixed to the outer edges of the wings, just short of each wingtip. The engines are also high-mounted to help clear water spray and consist of 2 x Progress D-436To turbofan installations rated at 16,535lbs of thrust each unit. The tail unit is a T-style arrangement with high-mounted horizontal planes set atop a single vertical tail fin. When at rest on land, a conventional three-legged, wheeled undercarriage is used.
The Be-200 features a maximum speed of 435 miles per hour with a cruise speed nearing 350 miles per hour. Range is out to 1,300 miles with a full ferry range of 2,000 miles. Rate-of-climb is listed at 3,350 feet per minute.
Be-200 is used to designate the base model offered as a multirole airframe capable of modification suit various roles. The Be-200ChS (Be-200ES) is a modified variant for the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations. The Be-200E is offered as a version with English instrumentation over the original Russian lettering (Be-200ES). Be-200RR is a proposed variant to be outfitted with Western-friendly Rolls-Royce engines to help broaden the type's marketing appeal outside of the Russian sphere of influence. The Be-210 is a proposed passenger airliner model. Similarly, the Be-220 is a proposed dedicated maritime patrol variant for over-water service. There is also a reported Be-200PS model variant.
January 2017 - Emercom of Russia has received its first example of the Be-200S amphibious aircraft.
September 2018 - Seaplane Global Air Services of the United States has signed on to purchase four Be-200ES amphibious aircraft in fire-fighting configuration. An additional six airframes are optional.
September 2018 - Asesorias SVR of Chile has contracted for two Be-200 aircraft with an option for three additional airframes.
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General Assessment (BETA)
Rating: 48 (of 100)
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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
This entry's maximum listed speed (435mph).
Graph average of 375 miles-per-hour.
Graph showcases the Beriev Be-200 Altair's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
Useful in showcasing the era cross-over of particular aircraft/aerospace designs.
Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units