Two Russian-made Be-200 amphibious air tankers have arrived in Indonesia to assist with the siege of wildfires plaguing the country and causing severe air quality problems.
According to Sputnik News the two air tankers will be in the country for at least 30 days.
After also being deployed to Indosia, Coulson’s Tanker 132, (an L-382G civilian version of Lockheed’s C-130) has returned to New South Wales to continue their firefighting contract.
The twin jet powered Be-200 can scoop up to 3,300 gallons of water and cruise at 348 mph at 26,000 feet. It has a ferry range of 2,051 miles with a one-hour reserve.
Over the last several years there has been talk of leasing or buying the Be-200 to be used in the United States, and even assembling them in Colorado, but so far it has just been that — talk. A major hurdle would be obtaining certifications from the FAA.