Beriev MBR-7

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Beriev MBR-7
Role Short-range reconnaissance bombing flying boat
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.[1] Designed as a successor to the MBR-2 but it did not go into production due to lack of engines.[2]


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.[1] A mainly wooden cantilever shoulder-wing monoplane flying-boat.[1] The Klimov M-103 inline piston engine was mounted on struts above the wing driving a pusher propeller.[1] 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.[1] The observers canopy slid forward to access a pintle-mounted ShKAS machine-gun.[1]

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.[2]


 Soviet Union


Data from [1]

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 m2 (140 sq ft)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Klimov M-103 V-12 liquid-cooled piston engine, 710 kW (950 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 376 km/h (234 mph; 203 kn) at 4,300 m (14,100 ft)
  • Range: 1,215 km (755 mi; 656 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 8,500 m (27,900 ft)


  • Guns: one fixed and one flexible-mounted 7.63 mm (0.300 in) ShKAS machine-gun.
  • Bombs: 500 kg (1,100 lb)

See also[edit]

Related lists



  1. ^ a b c d e f g Orbis 1985, p. 635
  2. ^ a b Nemecek 1986, p. 344


  • 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.