China's amphibious aircraft makes maiden flight

25 December, 2017, 03:11 | Author: Elaine Woods
  • China AG600 Amphibienflugzeug

24 de diciembre de 2017, 08:47Beijing, Dec 24 (Prensa Latina) Chinese authorities performed today the inaugural flight of the first amphibious aircraft made in the country from the southern province of Guangdong; it will cover maritime rescue, fire fighting and ocean monitoring.

"The AG600 codenamed" Kunlong" took one-hour long flight and successfully landed at the Jinwan Civil Aviation Airport. State-run China Central Television broadcast live coverage of the test flight.

The central government approved development of the AG600 in June 2009, with the work taken on by Aviation Industry Corp of China, the country's leading aircraft maker.

The AG600's flight capabilities put all of China's island-building projects in the South China Sea well within range.

While it is around the size of a Boeing 737, the AG600 is considerably smaller than billionaire Howard Hughes' flying boat, better known as the Spruce Goose, which had a wingspan of 97 metres and a length of 67 metres but only made one brief flight, in 1947.

China AG600 Amphibienfahrzeug
China's amphibious aircraft makes maiden flight

The aircraft can also be used for military purposes, including transporting supplies and military personnel to Chinese-controlled islands in the South China Sea, where Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Brunei also have overlapping territorial claims, according to the reports.

The aircraft can take off and land on both ground and water.

To extinguish forest fires, it can collect 12 tons of water from a lake or sea within 20 seconds and then use the water to douse fires on an area of around 4,000 square meters, according to the company.

China has unveiled the world's largest amphibious aircraft, which is nearly certain to play a key role in the disputed South China Sea.

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