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Rank VII | Premium | Golden Eagles
Challenger DS Pack
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The Be-6 is a premium rank IV Soviet bomber with a battle rating of 5.0 (AB/RB) and 5.3 (SB). It was introduced as a premium pack in Update 1.71 "New E.R.A" and was discontinued from the store after the 2018 Victory Day sales, but returned during War Thunder's 6th Anniversary as a premium purchasable with Golden Eagles Ge icon.png.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 2 135 m418 km/h
Turn time28 s
Max altitude6 100 m
Engine2 х Shvetsov ASH-73
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight29 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 2,135 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 397 386 6100 29.1 30.1 7.2 7.1 1,000
Upgraded 441 418 26.9 28.0 11.1 9.0


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
500 450 291 279 220 ~5 ~3
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 350 < 350 < 350 > 300

Survivability and armour

Crew8 people
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear450 km/h
  • 8 mm steel - behind each pilot
  • 10 mm steel - around tail guns
  • 9.5 mm steel - between tail guns and gunners window
  • 105 mm bulletproof glass - tail gunner's window

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB1 627 Sl icon.png
RB4 368 Sl icon.png
SB7 433 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts290 000 Sl icon.png
Aces940 Ge icon.png
Research Aces960 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 110 / 260 / 490 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 166 / 166 / 166 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
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Wings repair
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Engine injection
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Suspended armament

The Be-6 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 8 x 250 kg FAB-250M-46 bombs (2,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 450 mm 45-36MAN torpedoes
  • 8 x 500 kg FAB-500M-46 bombs (4,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 1,500 kg FAB-1500M-46 bombs (3,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 450 mm 45-36MAN torpedoes + 6 x 250 kg FAB-250M-46 bombs (1,500 kg total)
  • 2 x 450 mm 45-36MAN torpedoes + 4 x 500 kg FAB-500M-46 bombs (2,000 kg total)

Defensive armament

Main article: NR-23 (23 mm)

The Be-6 is defended by:

  • 1 x 23 mm NR-23 cannon, nose turret (100 rpg)
  • 2 x 23 mm NR-23 cannons, dorsal turret (250 rpg = 500 total)
  • 2 x 23 mm NR-23 cannons, tail turret (225 rpg = 450 total)

Usage in battles

The best payload for base bombing is the 8 x 500 kg option, allowing you to take out two bases (requiring 4 bombs each). The 2 x 1,500 kg option is rarely recommended (except maybe when airfield bombing) as both bombs drop at once, limiting you to one base or target, and because the total bomb load is also reduced from 4,000 kg to 3,000 kg .

A different approach is to select the airfield spawn (you spawn just above the runway) and the hug the ground, either attacking ground targets or bases (if there are any left). This has the advantage of meaning your team mates will be more likely to cover you (they don't have to climb up to your altitude), and makes you harder to spot for enemy aircraft. It also means enemy aircraft cannot get below you and exploit your blind spot. However you will likely be to slow to kill bases if there are any other bombers on your team (they will get their first). It is also not recommended to bomb the airfield at low altitude as you will be food for the AAA.

Keep a constant lookout and use your potent defensive armament to dispatch of attacking enemy aircraft as quickly as possible.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Auto control available
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Combined Not controllable
1 gear
Auto controlled

Pros and cons


  • Good, destructive defensive armament
  • Good bomb load (can kill two bases in RB)
  • Turns fairly well
  • Has two pilots (less chance of them being killed)
  • Can land on water
  • Can take a reasonable amount of damage


  • Drops bombs in pairs halving number of targets you can hit (i.e. 8 bombs gives you 4 drops)
  • Big target
  • Engines are exposed and liable to be set on fire
  • Turrets can not cover underneath
  • Not the most stable of bombing platforms
  • Lack of landing gear can make re-arming interesting on some maps (still possible but harder)
  • Large control surfaces make big targets
  • Fairly slow
  • Very poor roll rate
  • Not much ammo for the turrets


The first prototype of the Be-6 flew in 1945, only a couple years after the initial plans for the new Soviet flying boat were laid down in 1943. Evaluation of the first prototype showed that the aircraft could be improved in some areas to achieve better performance. Thus, Beriev engineers equipped the following model, that would become the production version, with more powerful Shvetsov ASh-73 engines and changed the defensive armaments layout from six 12.7 mm UBT machine guns to 23 mm NR-23 cannons, followed by the reduction in turret count from 5 to 3. This improved variant had its maiden flight in 1951, with serial production following shortly after.

After its introduction to service in 1951, the Be-6 was tasked with performing various roles fitted for a maritime aircraft, such as reconnaissance, sub-hunting, patrolling, transportation and mine-laying. The aircraft enjoyed a long service life thanks to the fact that significant changes within the Soviet navy, at least when float planes were concerned, were few and far between during the Cold War. However, the Be-6 didn't only serve with the Soviet Union. The Chinese also received a number of Be-6s for their naval air force. The Be-6 remained in active military service with the Soviet Union until the late 1960's, and up to the 1990's with the Chinese Naval Air Force, thanks to modernization efforts. The Chinese changed, among other things, the powerplant of the Be-6 to the WJ-6 turboprop and redesignated the Be-6 to the Qing-6. A total of around 120 Be-6s were produced between 1949 - 1957.

- From Devblog



See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

Beriev Design Bureau (Бериева Опытное конструкторское бюро)
Bombers  MBR-2-M-34 · Be-6
Recon  KOR-1

USSR bombers
SB and Ar  SB 2M-100 · SB 2M-103 · SB 2M-103 MV-3 · SB 2M-103U · SB 2M-103U MV-3 · SB 2M-105 · Ar-2
Yer-2 (petrol)  Yer-2 (M-105) · Yer-2 (M-105) TAT · Yer-2 (M-105R) TAT · Yer-2 (M-105R) LU
Yer-2 (diesel)  Yer-2 (ACh-30B) (e) · Yer-2 (ACh-30B) (l)
Tu  Tu-2 · Tu-2S · Tu-2S-44 · Tu-2S-59 · Tu-4
Pe  Pe-2-1 · Pe-2-31 · Pe-2-83 · Pe-2-110 · Pe-2-205 · Pe-2-359 · Pe-8
IL  DB-3B · IL-4
Po  Po-2 · Po-2M
Other  MBR-2-M-34 · TB-3M-17-32 · Yak-4 · Be-6
Lend-Lease  ▂PBY-5A Catalina · ▂Hampden TB Mk I · ▂A-20G-30 · ▂B-25J-30

USSR premium aircraft
Fighters  Krasnolutsky's I-15bis · I-16 type 28 · Zhukovsky's I-153-M62 · I-153P · I-180S · I-301 · ITP (M-1)
  LaGG-3-4 · LaGG-3-23 · LaGG-3-34 · Dolgushin's La-7 · La-11
  Eremin's Yak-3(e) · Yak-3 (VK-107) · Yak-3T · Golovachev's Yak-9M
  ▂P-39K-1 · ▂Pokryshkin's P-39N-0 · ▂P-39Q-15 · ▂P-40E-1 · ▂P-47D-27 · ▂P-63A-5 · ▂P-63A-10 · ▂P-63C-5
  ▂Hurricane Mk IIB · ▂Spitfire Mk IXc · ▂Fw 190 D-9
Twin-engine fighters  I-29
Jet fighters  Su-11 · MiG-15bis ISH · MiG-17AS · MiG-21S (R-13-300) · MiG-23ML
Strike aircraft  IL-2M "Avenger" · IL-2 M-82 · IL-8 (1944) · Su-6 · Tandem MAI · TIS MA · Su-8 · Tu-1
  Yak-38 · Su-7BMK · Su-25K · Su-39
Bombers  Po-2M · Be-6 · MBR-2-M-34 · Pe-2-205 · TB-3M-17-32
  ▂PBY-5A Catalina · ▂Hampden TB Mk I · ▂A-20G-30 · ▂B-25J-30