Be-40 (A-40) Albatross. First flight: 1986 © www.redstar.gr

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The A-40 Albatross is a antisubmarine warfare (ASW) amphibian jet powered by two D-30KPV 12,000-kgf engines - the world-largest aircraft of this type. Its maiden flight was performed on 8 December, 1986. Two prototypes were built. 

The Be-42 SAR amphibian powered by two D-27A propfans was derived from the A-40. The A-40P (A-40PE) patrol amphibian, powered by D-27A engines and featuring advanced ASW system and avionics, is being derived from the A-40 and Be-42 for the Russian naval aviation and for export sales. 

The third A-40 prototype could be completed as such a variant. 

 


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

DESIGNER
OKB Beriev
COUNTRY
Russia
TYPE
Multipurpose amphibian aircraft
CREW
4
POWER-PLANT
Two bypass engine D-30TKPV
Thrust, kN
2 x 117.68
Booster engine  (backup system), kN
2 x 24.52
DIMENSIONS
 
Length, m
45,70
Height, m
11,07
Wing span, m
42,50
Wing area m2
200
WEIGHT
 
Normal take-off, kg
86.000
Empty aircraft, kg
44.000
Maximum take-off, kg
90.000
Internal fuel, kg
35.000
PERFORMANCE
 
Maximum speed, km/h
800
Cruising speed, km/h
720
Service ceiling, m
13.000
Range, km
5.500 (with payloadra 4.000 km)
In-flight refueling
Yes
Autonomy, (without supply), hour
12
ARMAMENT
Warload - 6500 kg
3 torpedos Orlan  or
4 anti-ship missiles Korshum  or Yastreb or 6 Orel.