|Type||Be-6 (normal load)||Be-6 (maximum load)|
|Engines||2*2000/2400hp Shvetsov ASh-73TK|
|Wing Load (kg/m2)||196||242|
|Power load (kg/hp)||4.9||6.1|
|Speed at 0m||377km/h|
|Speed at 1800m||414km/h|
|Cruise at 2000m||280km/h|
|Landing Roll||590m 28sec|
|Takeoff Roll||760m 33sec||1270m 50sec|
|Rate at 0m||4.4m/sec||?|
|Rate at 1900m||5.6m/sec||?|
|Guns||5*23mm NR-23, 1000 to 1200 rounds|
|Bombs||Combination of following:
Patrol all-metal flying boat, a gull-winged aircraft with twin oval tailfins on top of a deep fuselage. Be-6 is actually a 'dubler' of the LL-143 built in evacuation. Flying boat was capable to accomplish wide variety of missions:
(40 with equipment);
Be-6 equipment includes autopilot, blind flight/landing equipment and friend-foe identification system, in addition to standard navigation, photographic and radio equipment. Ventral retractable search radar was enclosed in a foam-plastic fairing.
Reliability of aircraft is augmented by eight hull sections which may be sealed individually, preventing from Be-6 from sinking in case of combat damage. Fixed underwing floats are also divided into four sealed volumes each. Strong airframe allows continuous taxi on 2m waves.
Twenty-two self-sealing soft fuel tanks are located in the wing, with access from below. De-icing system includes hot air, liquid and electric heating of the windshield. Wing and tail leading edges (as well as air intakes) are warmed up with hot air from four gasoline burners. Ethanol is used on propeller blades. Mechanical de-icers are installed on windshield and pressure sensors. Distilled water is used to remove salt deposits from the windshield.
Be-6 is capable to sustain horizontal flight at 2500m with one engine shot off. Servotrimmers are used to reduce control load in this situation.
Five 23mm cannons are assembled in three remotely controlled turrets:
Since requirements to naval patrol aircraft do not change too rapidly, reliable Be-6 stayed in service until the late 1960s. Some aircraft ended service as civil unarmed transports in Arctic regions.
|Modified May 28, 1999||Back to|