September 23, 2022: in August 2021 Algeria announced its intension to purchase 4 amphibious aircraft produced by Beriev Aircraft Corp.
"The choice fell on a Russian plant with a world reputation. The relevant bodies of the Ministry of Defense have reached an agreement on the acquisition of four Be-200 aircraft as soon as possible...they have proven their effectiveness in fighting forest fires in many countries", announced Algerian ministry of defense.
In summer 2022 one Be-200ES "water bomber plane" was rented by Algeria for a period of 3 months (June 15-September 15, 2022) to extinguish forrest fires in El Taref Province.
The Be-200 is a large aircraft that has the ability, among others, to take off and land in water, scoop up 12 tons of water and then drop that water on a wildfire in 18 seconds. One fuelling is enough for dropping up to 270 tons of water. Beriev
's Be-200 also can drop fire retardant chemicals, and deliver cargo, firefighters and other emergency equipment where they are needed. The airplane has a pressurized cabin and can be fitted with seats to carry passengers.
Earlier in 2019
, in 2020
and in 2021
BE-200ES planes participated in the first fire-fighting mission in Turkey. In 2005 a BE-200ES participated in extinguishing two fires
in the Southern part of Sardinia Island, Italy.