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Beriev Be-30

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Beriev Be-30
Role Airliner
Manufacturer Beriev
First flight 1967-03-03
Primary user Aeroflot
Produced 1968-1976
Number built 8

The Beriev Be-30, NATO codename "Cuff", is a Russian regional airliner and utility transport aircraft. It was developed specifically for Aeroflot local service routes using short, grass airstrips. It was also designed to be used in the light transport, aerial survey and air ambulance roles. It competed against Antonov An-28 and the Czechoslovakian LET-410 and claims were made that it didn't became the standard plane in this size due to political reasons within the COMECON trading bloc.

The original design featured interconnected engines, so that in case of one engine failing, the remaining engine could drive both propellers, though this was not implemented in the production version.

The first prototype flew on 3 March 1967, fitted with Shvetsov ASh-21 piston engines, while the first production prototype flew on 18 July 1968, using more powerful turboprop engines. The first deliveries to Aeroflot were in mid-1969.


  • Be-30: Production model
  • Be-30A: With 'high-density' seating for 21-23 passengers
  • Be-32: Upgraded model first displayed in 1993
  • Be-32K: 'Westernized' version with Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 engines


 Soviet Union

Specifications (Be-30)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 14-16 passengers
  • Length: 15.7 m (51 ft 6 in)
  • Wingspan: 17.0 m (55 ft 9 in)
  • Height: 5.52 m (18 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area: 32 m² (340 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 3,607 kg (7,937 lb)
  • Useful load: 1,500 kg (3,300 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 5,860 kg (12,920 lb)
  • Powerplant:Glushenkov TVD-10 turboprop engines, 708 kW (950 shp) each


  • Maximum speed: 480 km/h (260 kn, 300 mph) at 2,000 m (6,500 ft)
  • Cruise speed: 460 km/h (250 kn, 290 mph) at 2,000 m
  • Range: 1,300 km (700 nmi, 810 mi)

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Published in July 2009.

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