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?central government in June 2009. More than 10,000 researchers and engineers from hun
dreds of domestic institutes, enterprises and universities took part in the AG600 pr银河官网亚博投注网会所品茶微信
ogram. Construction of the first prototype began in March 2014 and was completed in July 2016.
银河官网亚博投注网会所The seaplane made its maiden flight in December 2017 in Zhuhai, Guangdong p
rovince, taking off and landing at an airport. Ten months later, it carried out its fi
rst takeoff and landing on water at Zhanghe Reservoir in Hubei province’s Jingmen.银河官网亚博投注网会所
With a length of 37 meters and a wingspan of 38.8 meters, the AG600 is roughly the size of a Boeing 737. Powered by four do
银河官网亚博投注网会所品茶微信mestically designed WJ-6 turboprop engines, it has a maximum takeoff weight of 53.5 metric tons. It is the
world’s biggest amphibious aircraft, surpassing Japan’s ShinMaywa US-2 and Russia’s Beriev Be-200.
The AG600 will mainly be tasked with aerial firefighting and maritime se银河官网亚博投注网会所
arch and rescue operations. It can also be refitted to conduct marine environm
ental inspections, marine resource surveys as well as personnel and supply transport, AVIC said.
The aircraft is designed for land and water takeoffs and landin银河官网亚博投注网会所品茶微信
gs and has an operational range of about 4,500 kilometers. It can carry 50 people.
When assigned to fight forest fires, it can collect 12 tons of water from a lake or sea in 20 sec
银河官网亚博投注网会所onds and use it to douse blazes over an area of about 4,000 square meters, the company added.
Wang Yanan, editor-in-chief of Aerospace Knowledge magazine, said the A
G600 may be of interest to countries with extensive coastlines or many islands becau银河官网亚博投注网会所品茶微信
se the seaplane is suitable for maritime operations as it is much faster and more flexible than ships.
Wang said the aircraft has much room for improvement including using more advanced compo
site materials or stronger engines that will further boost its range and carrying capacity.