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BERIEV A-40 Albatross

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Name A-40 Albatross
Manufacturer BERIEV
Body Narrow
Wing Fixed Wing
Position High swept wing
Tail T-tail
WTC Medium
Type code A2J
Engine Jet
Engine count Multi
Position Over wing mounted
Landing gear Amphibian
Mass group 4

Manufacturered as:

BERIEV Albatross
BERIEV A-40 Albatross

BERIEV A-40 Albatross

BERIEV A-40 Albatross BERIEV A-40 Albatross 3D


The Beriev A-40 Al'batros ("Albatross", 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 two prototypes had been manufactured, due to the break up of the Soviet Union.

Technical Data

Wing span 41.62 m136.549 ft
Length 43.84 m143.832 ft
Height 11.00 m36.089 ft
Powerplant 2 x Soloviev D-30KPV turbofans, (117.7 kN) each;

Takeoff boosters: 2 x Kolesov RD36-35 turbojets, (23 kN) each.

Engine model Kolesov RD-36-51, Soloviev D-30

Performance Data

Take-Off Initial Climb
(to 5000 ft)
Initial Climb
(to FL150)
Initial Climb
(to FL240)
MACH Climb Cruise Initial Descent
(to FL240)
(to FL100)
Descent (FL100
& below)
V2 (IAS) kts IAS 200 kts IAS 200 kts IAS 200 kts MACH 0.7 TAS 380 kts MACH 0.71 IAS 240 kts IAS kts Vapp (IAS) 165 kts
Distance 2000 m ROC 5900 ft/min ROC 2000 ft/min ROC 1300 ft/min ROC 1300 ft/min MACH 0.71 ROD 1500 ft/min ROD 1500 ft/min MCS 200 kts Distance 900 m
MTOW 8600086,000 kg
86 tonnes
Ceiling FL318 ROD ft/min APC
WTC M Range 22122,212 nm
4,096,624 m
4,096.624 km
13,440,367.464 ft

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving BER4

None on SKYbrary