The Be-6 is a Rank IV gift Russian flying boat with a battle rating of 5.0 (AB/RB/SB). This aircraft was introduced in Update 1.71 "New E.R.A". It was discontinued after the 2018 Victory Day sales.
Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.
| Max Speed
(km/h at 2,135 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Max Speed
(km/h at 2,135 m)
|Max altitude (meters)||Turn time (seconds)|| Rate of climb
|Take-off run (meters)|
|Combat flap||Take-off flap||Landing flap||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flap
|Max Static G|
|< 350||< 350||< 350||< 300|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|1,300 m||2,250 hp||2,441 hp|
Survivability and armour
- 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
The Be-6 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
- 8 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombs
- 2 x 450 mm 45-36MAN torpedoes
- 8 x 500 kg FAB-500 (welded) bombs
- 2 x 1,500 kg FAB-1500M-46 bombs
The Be-6 is defended by:
- 1 x 23 mm NR-23 cannon, nose turret (100 rpg)
- 2 x 23 mm NR-23 cannon, dorsal turret (250 rpg = 500 total)
- 2 x 23 mm NR-23 cannon, tail turret (225 rpg = 450 total)
Usage in battles
The best payload for base bombing is the 4 x 500 kg option, allowing you to take out to bases (requiring 4 bombs each. The 2 x 1,500 option is rarely recommended (except maybe when airfield bombing) as both bombs drop at once, limiting you to once base or target, despite the increased bomb load.
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
|Controllable||Controllable||Not controllable||Controllable||Combined||Not controllable||Controllable|
|I||Fuselage Repair||Radiator||Turret 23 mm||T-18|
|III||Wings Repair||Engine||New 23 mm cannons (turret)|
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
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 12.7mm UBT machine guns to 23mm 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
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|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-BT · Yer-2 (M-105R) TAT-BT · Yer-2 (M-105R) LU-MV-2B|
|Yer-2 (diesel)||Yer-2 (ACh-30B) Early · Yer-2 (ACh-30B) Late|
|Tu||Tu-2 · Tu-2S · Tu-2S-44 · Tu-2S-59 · Tu-4 · Tu-14T|
|Pe||Pe-2-1 Peshka · Pe-2-31 Peshka · Pe-2-83 Peshka · Pe-2-110 Peshka · Pe-2-205 Peshka · Pe-2-359 Peshka · Pe-8|
|IL||DB-3B · IL-4 · IL-28 · IL-28Sh|
|Po-2 · MBR-2-M-34 · TB-3M-17-32 · Yak-4 · Be-6|
|Lend-Lease||▂PBY-5a Catalina · ▂Hampden TB Mk I UTK-1 · ▂B-25J-30 Mitchell|