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BERIEV A-50

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A50
Aircraft
Name A-50
Manufacturer BERIEV
Body Narrow
Wing Fixed Wing
Position High wing
Tail T-tail
WTC Heavy
Type code L4J
Engine Jet
Engine count Multi
Position Underwing mounted
Landing gear Tricycle retractable
Mass group 4


Manufacturered as:

BERIEV A-50
BERIEV Be-976
ILYUSHIN Be-976
ILYUSHIN A-50


BERIEV A-50

BERIEV A-50

Description

The Beriev A-50 Shmel ("bumble bee"), (NATO reporting name: Mainstay) is a Russian airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft based on the Ilyushin Il-76 transport. Developed to replace the Tupolev Tu-126 'Moss', the A-50 first flew in 1978. It entered service in 1984, with about 40 produced by 1992.

Technical Data

Wing span 50.50 m165.682 ft <br />
Length 49.59 m162.697 ft <br />
Height 14.76 m48.425 ft <br />
Powerplant 4 x Aviadvigatel PS-90A turbofan, 157 kN (35,200 lbF) each.
Engine model Aviadvigatel PS90

Performance Data

Take-Off Initial Climb
(to 5000 ft)
Initial Climb
(to FL150)
Initial Climb
(to FL240)
MACH Climb Cruise Initial Descent
(to FL240)
Descent
(to FL100)
Descent (FL100
& below)
Approach
V2 (IAS) kts IAS kts IAS kts IAS kts MACH TAS 490 kts MACH IAS kts IAS kts Vapp (IAS) kts
Distance m ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min MACH ROD ft/min ROD ft/min MCS kts Distance m
MTOW 170000170,000 kg <br />170 tonnes <br /> kg Ceiling FL390 ROD ft/min APC
WTC H Range 35003,500 nm <br />6,482,000 m <br />6,482 km <br />21,266,404.215 ft <br /> NM

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving A50

None on SKYbrary