Beriev Be-103 Snipe. Specifications. A photo.
Beriev Be-103 Snipe. Specifications. A photo.

Beriev Be-103 Snipe. Specifications. A photo.


Beriev Be-103 Snipe - light amphibious aircraft designed aircraft construction enterprises "Taganrog Aviation Scientific-Technical Complex named after Beriev" in the middle of 90-ies of the last century, and used for the carriage of passengers and to transport small loads.


Photo Beriev Be-103 Snipe


The first developments on the creation of the Beriev Be-103 Bekas aircraft began in the first half of the 90s of the last century, while Russian aircraft designers created a fundamentally new design that was different from other models of their own production. The main and fundamental difference of this aircraft is the technology, according to which heavy amphibious aircraft are being developed, which in turn made it possible to provide this aircraft with the most efficient flight performance, including multipurpose purposes.


Beriev Be-103 Snipe photo


The Beriev Be-103 Bekas made its first flight in mid-1997, while the model did not immediately demonstrate successful test performance, which led to the need to improve the aircraft design in order to increase reliability. The Beriev Be-103 Bekas aircraft entered serial production only in 2003, while not only Russian companies, but also international ones, became interested in the aircraft, in particular, several batches of this model were sent to Canada.


Aircraft Beriev Be-103 Snipe


Depending on the internal configuration, the aircraft can accommodate up to 6 people, including one crew member and five passengers. Due to the capabilities of this aircraft to fly for distances up to 845 kilometers, the aircraft is quite suitable for passenger transportation on local air routes, however, for this purpose it is practically not operated. In addition, aboard the Beriev Be-103 Bekas aircraft can accommodate up to 545 kilogram of payload, which in turn provides the ability to transport cargo at specified distances.

The Beriev Be-103 Bekas aircraft uses two Continental IO-360-ES4 piston aircraft engines capable of developing 211 hp as a power plant. each, however, depending on the requirements of the direct customer, other power plants can be used, including both less and more powerful ones, which naturally affects the maximum flight speed, which is about 250 km / h.


Specifications Beriev Be-103 Snipe.


  • Crew: 1 people;
  • Passenger: 5 people (depending on configuration);
  • aircraft Length: 10,7 m .;
  • Wingspan: 12,5 m .;
  • Plane Height: 3,7 m .;
  • Weight of empty aircraft: 1730 kg .;
  • Payload: 545 kg .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 2275 kg .;
  • Cruising speed: 235 km \ h. (Depending on the power plant);
  • Maximum airspeed: 250 km \ h. (Depending on the power plant);
  • Maximum flight distance: 845 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 5000 m .;
  • aircraft engine type: a piston;
  • Powerplant: 2 × Continental IO-360-ES4 (depending on version);
  • Power: 2 × 211 hp (Depending on the power plant).


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