Died honored military pilot of Russia, the founder of the Russian fire aviation Rafail Zakirov. He died in Moscow on 72-m to year of life. This was reported on the website EMERCOM of Russia.

“At the time, under his leadership, the Department of civil aviation of EMERCOM of Russia developed a unique technology of firefighting for helicopters Mi-8, Ka-32 and Mi-26, has no analogues in the world practice”, — stated in the message Department.

the Ministry has expressed condolences to his family. As reported TASS, the funeral will be held on Tuesday, July 21, at the Federal military memorial cemetery in Mytishchi.

Since 1995, Zakirov was appointed head of the Department of aviation of EMERCOM of Russia. As a designer he has participated in the development of water discharge devices for extinguishing fires VSU-5 and VSU-15 and for combating oil spills ques-3.

In April died two members of the state Corporation “Roscosmos”. They had a confirmed diagnosis COVID-19.