Albatross Revival?

DURING THE Gidroaviasalon airshow at Gelendzhik in September, Beriev’s Director General, Victor Kobzev, said that «the issue of financing has been settled» for the Beriev A-40 Albatross. He added that Beriev had secured a Defence Ministry order to develop and flight-test a new prototype, the A-42, with «additional capabilities». He said deliveries would begin in 2011.

Beriev built two A-40 ASW amphibian prototypes in the late 1980s, but lack of funding resulted in their tests being put on the back burner, and plans for production by the TAVIA plant in Taganrog came to nothing. Beriev was also forced to suspend

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