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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1964
Maiden Flight: 18 October 1960
Total Production: 100
Also Known As: Be-12P-200, Mail and Tchailka
Origin: Russia
Corporations: Beriev
Parent System: Be-12
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1964
Maiden Flight: 18 October 1960
Total Production: 100
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Description: The Beriev Be-12 Tchaika, gull in English and 'Mail' NATO codename, is an amphibious maritime patrol aircraft intended as the replacement for the smaller Be-6 aircraft. The Be-12 first flew from water on October 18, 1960, and entered service as maritime patrol aircraft with the Soviet Navy in 1964. Besides, the aircraft can serve as Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) aircraft and Search and Rescue (SAR) platform. It is powered by two AI-20D turboprops rated at 3,125 KW each mounted over the wing for maximum clearance from the water. The Be-12 is equipped with a nose-mounted search radar and a tail-mounted magnetic anomalies detector (MAD) boom. The weapon options include torpedoes, mines and depth charges that can be carried inside an internal weapons bay or using two external stations. The Soviet Union produced approximately 100 Be-12s which remain in service with Russia, Ukraine and Vietnam. The Be-12P-200 is a firefighting version that first flew in August 1996 and has been employed as a flying lab for the Be-200 aircraft.

Be-12 Specifications

Crew: 5
Number of Engines: 2
Propeller Blades: 4
Wing Area: 105 square meter (1,130 square foot)
Height: 7 meter (23.0 foot)
Length: 30.2 meter (99 foot)
Wingspan: 29.7 meter (97 foot)
Ceiling: 37,000 foot (11,278 meter)
Max Range: 7,500 kilometer (4,050 nautical mile)
Min Range: 4,000 kilometer (2,486 mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 6,250 kW (8,378 hp)
Climb Rate: 2,990 fpm (15.2 mps)
Cruise Speed: 320 kph (199 mph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 608 kph (328 KTAS)
Empty Weight: 21,700 kilogram (47,840 pound)
Max Takeoff Weight: 31,000 kilogram (68,342 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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