For a period of 70 years BERIEV has gone a long way of
creative work, made a substantial contribution to the science and
engineering of the country, primarily to the development of hydroplanes
The MBR-2 short-range maritime reconnaissance, KOR-1
(Be-2) ship-based hydroplanes designed is the prewar years were
operational in the Navy and were employed successfully during the World
In the forties-sixties the world-wide known
hydroplanes: Be-6 flying boat, Be-10 jet hydroplane and Be-12 amphibian,
the largest one at that time, were developed for outposts of the sea
border lines. For a long period the aircraft were operational, having high
performance and seaworthiness verified by the dozens of the established
world records. The development of these aircraft secured the world
priority of Russia in the domain of hydroplanes manufacturing.
In 1968 the Be-30 (Be-32) regional airliner was
designed, but is not put into production due to political considerations.
25 years later this aircraft was revived and displayed in June 1993 at the
Paris Air Show where it received profound interest on the part of the
present Customers. At present company came again to this project - Be-32K
In the seventies- eighties the field of BERIEV activity
was widened considerably. During these years strategic weapon complexes:
A-50 early radar detection and guidance and Tu-142MR super-long range
liason complexes were developed on the basis of the existing carrier
The accumulated experience in the field of science and
engineering made it possible for BERIEV to expand the work on designing a
new generation of amphibians characterised by a unique compromise on high
performance and seaworthiness.
In 1986 the A-40 amphibious aircraft, the largest in
the world, made its maiden flight. Its sophistication was confirmed by 148
world records. The A-42PE amphibian for patrol and search-rescue
operations is being designed around the A-40.
At present BERIEV is engaged in the work on civil
themes alongside with executing the defense orders. The Be-200
multipurpose amphibian has been designed and is being manufactured at
Irkutsk Aviation Production Association. Similarity of aerodynamic and
hydrodynamic configurations of the Be-200 and A-40 amphibians as well as
the experience gained in employing the modified Be-12P firefighting
amphibians in the national economy will make it possible, first of all, to
protect from fire thousands of hectares of forest, the national wealth of
Russia. The Be-200 modified amphibians will be able to transport
passengers and cargo, carry out rescue operations on water, ecological
monitoring of water reservoirs and patrol of the sea borders.
BERIEV looks ahead with confidence. At
Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Production Association the Be-103 six seats
amphibian is manufacturing serialy. The Be-112 versatile amphibian is in
the development stage.
BERIEV is engaged in new designs of the next
amphibians-giants with the takeoff weight about 1000 tons. These aircraft
will be able to transport cargo and passengers over long distances at
altitudes and speeds characteristic of airplanes, using in this case the
transport infrastructure of existing sea ports.