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Beriev MBR-7

Beriev MBR-7

National origin: Soviet Union
Manufacturer: Beriev
First flight: 1937

The Beriev MBR-7 (sometimes Beriev MS-8) was a Soviet short-range reconnaissance/bomber flying boat developed by the Beriev design bureau at Taganrog. Designed as a successor to the MBR-2 but it did not go into production due to lack of engines.

Development

The MBR-7 (Morskoy Blizhnii Razvedchik - naval short-range reconnaissance) was a similar configuration to the earlier MBR-2 but was a more advanced design. A mainly wooden cantilever shoulder-wing monoplane flying-boat. The Klimov M-103 inline piston engine was mounted on struts above the wing driving a pusher propeller. The pilot in an enclosed cockpit in the nose had access to a fixed forward-firing machine gun, the observer/gunner sat underneath a glazed canopy. The observers canopy slid forward to access a pintle-mounted ShKAS machine-gun.

It had an excellent performance but due to the lack of supply of Klimov engines the decision was made to continue building the MBR-2 and the MBR-7 did not go into production.

Operators

Soviet Union

Soviet Navy

Specifications

Data from

General characteristics

Crew: 2 (pilot, observer/gunner
Length: 10.6 m (34 ft 9 in)
Wingspan: 13.0 m (42 ft 8 in)
Wing area: 13.0 m (140 sq ft)
Powerplant: 1 x Klimov M-103 inline piston engine, 710 kW (950 hp)

Performance

Maximum speed: 376 km/h (234 mph; 203 kn) at 4300mm (14110 ft)
Range: 1,215 km (755 mi; 656 nmi)
Service ceiling: 8,500 m (27,887 ft)

Armament

Guns: one fixed and one flexible-mounted 7.62mm (0.3in) ShKAS machine-guns.
Bombs: 500kg (1102lb)

Bibliography

Nemecek, Vaclav (1986). The History of Soviet Aircraft from 1918. London: Willow Books. ISBN 0-00-218033-2.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.

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