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Saturday, July 30, 2016

China ready to produce the world's largest amphibious aircraft

China has completed the construction of the largest amphibious aircraft in the world as the country's attempts to break away from dependence on foreign plane manufacturer companies.
Amphibious aircraft AG600 rolls off a production line in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong Province, July 23, 2016. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1cdiN0)
As reported by Xinhua news agency, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has introduced the newest product called 'AG600,' on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in the port city of Zhuhai, southern region of the country. The aircraft has a cruising range of up to 4,500 kilometers and is intended to extinguish the forest fires and rescue at sea.
The aircraft, which has a maximum take-off weight of 53.5 tonnes and a maximum flight range of 4,500 km, will be used to fight forest fires and perform marine rescue missions. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1cdiN0)
According to AVIC's deputy general manager Geng Ruguang, the plane has a similar size of Boeing 737 is the largest aircraft in the world built with the ability to land and take off from the sea. However, with a wingspan smaller than the H-4 Hercules or Spruce Goose were produced in the 1940s for the purpose of military personnel transports. For information, the Spruce Goose the largest amphibious aircraft in the world even it only did one flight in 1947.
The AG600 is by far the world's largest amphibian aircraft, about the size of a Boeing 737. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1cdiN0)
As cited of Xinhua, the planes are preferred for the domestic market will be very useful to develop and exploit marine resources. In addition, these aircraft can also be used for environmental monitoring, resource mapping and transportation, and still so far AVIC already getting orders to manufacture 17 units of the new aircraft.
China is currently developing its flight sector to reduce dependency and if it can compete with the renowned plane manufacturers, such as Airbus and Boeing. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | XINHUA]
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