Beriev MDR-5

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Beriev MDR-5
Beriev MDR-5.jpg
Role Long-range reconnaissance bombing flying boat
National origin Soviet Union
Manufacturer Beriev
First flight 1938
Primary user Soviet Naval Aviation
Number built 2

The Beriev MDR-5 (Morskoi Dalnii Razvyeedchik - Long-range reconnaissance)(sometimes Beriev MS-5) was a Soviet long-range reconnaissance/bomber flying boat developed by the Beriev design bureau at Taganrog.[1] It did not enter production as the rival Chyetverikov MDR-6 was preferred.


The MDR-5 (Morskoi Dalnyi Razvedchik - naval long-range reconnaissance) was an all-metal twin-engined high-wing cantilever monoplane flying-boat.[1] Designed to be operated by a crew of five it was powered by two Tumansky M-87A radial engines.[1]

Two prototypes were built, the first, a pure flying boat flying in 1938, with the second an amphibian.[2] Although adequate, the Chyetverikov MDR-6 had already been ordered into production and the type was not developed.[3]


 Soviet Union


Data from [1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 5
  • Length: 15.88 m (52 ft 1 in)
  • Wingspan: 25 m (82 ft 0 in)
  • Wing area: 78.5 m2 (845 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 6,083 kg (13,411 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 8,000 kg (17,637 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Tumansky M-87A radial piston engine, 710 kW (950 hp) each


  • Maximum speed: 345 km/h (214 mph; 186 kn)
  • Range: 2,415 km (1,501 mi; 1,304 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 8,150 m (26,740 ft)


  • Guns: one 7.62mm (0.3in) ShKAS machine-gun in bow and midships manually operated turrets, and one downward firing through a ventral trap
  • Bombs: 1000kg (2204lb)

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Related lists



  1. ^ a b c d Orbis 1985, pp. 635-636.
  2. ^ Gunston 1995, p.48.
  3. ^ Nemecek 1986, p.342.


  • Gunston, Bill (1995). The Osprey Encyclopedia of Russian Aircraft from 1875 - 1995. London: Osprey Aerospace. ISBN 1-85532-405-9. 
  • 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.