Based in Tangarov Russia, throughout the 75 years of its history, BERIEV has demonstrated exceptional creativity and has contributed immensely to the development of Russian science and technology, first and foremost in the field of seaplanes and amphibian aircraft construction. Within the time period from the '40s to '60s, a number of worldwide-known seaplanes were designed for sea frontier patrolling (Be-6 flying boat, Be-10 jet seaplane, and Be-12 amphibian, the largest at that time).
Now, along with being a defense contractor, BERIEV Aircraft Company is engaged in civil projects. An example of this is the Be-200 versatile civil amphibian developed by BERIEV. The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations has already got two Be-200ES version aircraft in operation. The serial production is kept on, with one aircraft produced each year. In August/September 2004, the Be-200ES aircraft demonstrated successful operation in Italy under an agreement between BERIEV and SOREM, the latter being the official firefighting aircraft operator authorized by the Civil Defense Department (Protezione Civile) of Italy.
Now BERIEV has a number of different amphibian aircraft projects at the development stage. Among them there are super-heavy seaplanes with take-off mass up to 2500 ton. aircraft for various purposes; 14 of these aircraft have been in serial production. 250 world aviation records have been broken by pilots flying BERIEV seaplanes and amphibians constructed at different times. The records are registered and acknowledged by the International Aviation Federation. But the most important result of all these years of work is, undoubtedly, the creation of the unique Russian aircraft design school which now holds a key position in the field of development of hydroplanes and amphibians.