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Forest fires: Algeria charters water bomber from Russia

A “Berieve BE 200” water bomber plane chartered for a period of three months from the Russian Federation landed on Wednesday evening at Houari Boumediene international airport (Algiers) to intervene in operations of extinguishing forest fires across the national territory.

Were present at the arrival of the water bomber at Houari Boumediene International Airport, the Minister of the Interior, Local Authorities and Regional Planning, Kamel Beldjoud and the Director General of Civil Protection, Boualem Boughelaf.

“Algeria experienced forest fires last year, we mobilized all means, and we saw that the means available to Algeria were not sufficient in the face of such fires of exceptional magnitude. Therefore, on the instructions of the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, we were had to seek charters through certain countries of the world. There was a response from one country, and today this bomber plane is here in Algeria,” Beldjoud said in a statement to the press.

Mr. Beldjoud declared that it was a “charter for a period of three months, from June 15 to next September 15”, also stressing that it is “a unique bomber in the world, of great capacity, which can intervene in all places, and which constitutes “an additional means for the country and also an additional means to help the elements of Civil Protection”.

“I recall that the President of the Republic had given the instruction last year, in view of the situation experienced by Algeria in terms of fires, the acquisition of four canadairs of the Berieve BE 200 model. The order has been officially placed and one of the four bombers is expected to arrive in Algeria towards the end of next December, while the other three will be delivered during the first quarter of next year”, he asserted.

As for the bomber in question, it is a Berieve BE 200, specialized in the fight against forest fires, with a capacity of 12,000 compartmentalized liters, which allows an airdrop according to operational needs and which has the possibility of flying at low altitude and a cruising speed of more than 500 km/h and stalling at sea in 14 seconds with the possibility of refueling on the airstrip, according to the technical sheet provided by Civil Protection.

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