Beriev A-40

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. Recent reports suggest the project has been revived and that an order has been placed by the Russian Navy. As the only operational jet flying boat, the Albatross is a rare breed.

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