Beriev is to roll out the second prototype of its Be-200 amphibian twinjet this month, ahead of its participation in the amphibian's certification programme to Russian national AP-25 air worthiness requirements.

The Russian airworthiness body ARMAK approved the first prototype for crew training and fire-fighting missions last August, and the aircraft is aiming for AP-25 air worthiness requirements which are harmonised with the US Federal Aviation Administration's Part 25.

Beriev will look for international customers once Russia's emergencies ministry, the MChS, has taken delivery of various special mission configurations of the aircraft. ARMAK chairman Anatoly Kruglov says international certification will be based on a version optimised for passenger and cargo services.

Source: Flight International