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#AA-4040   1/144 scale  Beriev A-40 Mermaid   Jet Albatross of Northern sea


Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features


103 resin parts +

Clear-cast canopies, decals


Span 288 mm


Length 304 mm


Unit price: US$98

Shipping charge: US$16

Each model kit contents 1 sheet of decal. Extra  decals can also be ordered.

Extra decal



Aircraft History and Specification

In 1976, after the success of the Be-12, the Beriev bureau began to research the feasibility of designing a next generation / jet-powered anti-submarine seaplane. The design drew the attention of Soviet Navy. In 1983, Soviet Government chief Designer AK Konstantinov with the support of Navy, issued an order to Beriev to proceed with the programme, designated A-40 Albatros. The A-40 was conceived as a replacement for the venerable Be-12 and even to replace the Ilyushin Il-38 maritime patrol aircraft. Its mission profile called for performing reconnaissance and anti-submarine and shipping operations in medium range areas. Two prototypes were built. The first prototype took to the air in 1986. It was detected by US intelligence in 1988 and designated MERMAID by NATO. The A-40 aircraft was publicly revealed at the Tushino airshow in August 1989. In 1995, Defense Ministry made a decision about freezing the scientific research and experimental design work on the A-40 and beginning the development of new antisubmarine aircraft. The A-40 began a slight transformation phase which culminated in 2002 with the delivered of the first A-42 version.










Maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft

Designed to replace the old Beriev Be-12 and Ilyushin Il-38 in Russian Navy aviation anti-submarine service




2x Soloviev D-30KPV turbofan engines / 2x Klimov RD-60K turbojet engines

760 km/h


6500kg bomb load, torpedoes, mines


Model References

The Beriev A-40 Albatross package contents secret aircraft kits of three 1/144 Soviet designs as bonus:


The Beriev A-40 Albatros is suitable to group with the following collection series.

Modern maritime patrol aircraft

Avro Shackleton

Beriev Be-12

Beriev A-40

Breguet 1150 Atlantic

Boeing P-8 Poseidon

Canadair CL-28 Argus

Hawker Siddeley Nimrod MR.2

Ilyushin Il-38 May

Lockheed P-3 Orion

Lockheed P-2 Neptune

Martin P5M Marlin

Martin P6M-2 Seamaster

Shin Meiwa

Tupolev Tu-142 Bear F

Modern Soviet aircraft