Beriev A-40

The Beriev A-40 Albatros (also Be-42, NATO reporting name: Mermaid) was a jet-engined amphibious flying boat designed by the Beriev Aircraft Company for the anti-submarine warfare role. Intended as a replacement for the Beriev Be-12 amphibian and the land-based Ilyushin Il-38, the project was suspended after only one prototype had been manufactured, with second 70% completed, due to the breakup of the Soviet Union. The project was later revived and an order has been placed by the Russian Navy.

Beriev A-40
Class Aircraft
Type Bomber
Manufacturer Beriev
Origin Russia (USSR)
Country Name Origin Year
Russia (USSR) 1986
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Russia (USSR) View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Beriev 2 View

The A-40 was a jet-engined flying boat patrol bomber of all-metal construction with the engines located above the wing roots, atop each of the main landing gear nacelles at the rear of each wing root. The swept wings had a marked anhedral angle, with balance floats attached by short pylons directly under each wingtip.

Between 1989 and 1998, the Beriev A-40 set 140 world records.

Role ASW amphibian
Manufacturer Beriev
First flight 8 December 1986
Status entered mass production
Primary user Russian Naval Aviation
Number built 2
Developed into Beriev Be-200

General characteristics

  • Crew: 8
  • Length: 43.84 m (143 ft 10in)
  • Wingspan: 41.62 m (136 ft 6 in)
  • Height: 11 m (36 ft 1 in)
  • Wing area: 200 sq m (2,153 sq ft)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 86,000 kg (189,630 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Soloviev D-30KPV turbofans, 117.7 kN (26,455 lbf) each
  • Takeoff boosters: 2x Kolesov RD36-35 turbojets, 23 kN (5,180 lbf) each


  • Maximum speed: 800 km/h (497 mph)
  • Range: 4,100 km (2,212 nmi, 2,547 mi) with maximum payload
  • Service ceiling: 9,700 m (31,825 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 30 m/s (5,900 ft/min)
  • Takeoff distance (Land): 1,000 m (3,280 ft)
  • Takeoff distance (Water): 2,000 m (6,560 ft)
  • Landing distance (Land): 700 m (2,300 ft)
  • Landing distance (Water): 900 m (2,950 ft)
  • Maximum wave height: 2 m (6.5 ft)


Projected Armament:

  • (A-40P ASW Aircraft, internal bomb bay)
  • Sonobuoys, depth charges, mines, plus;
  • 3 Orlan (Sea Eagle) torpedoes, or
  • 6 Korshun (Kite) guided missiles
  • (A-40P ASW Aircraft, underwing pylons)
  • Kh-35 Anti-ship missiles

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