World’s largest sea­plane to be tested in 2015

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

China ex­pects to test-fly next year its first do­mes­ti­cally de­vel­oped sea­plane, which would be the world’s largest am­phibi­ous air­craft.

Trial pro­duc­tion of the TA-600 air­craft, for­merly known as Dragon-600, will start in Zhuhai, Guang­dong province, around the end of this year or the begin­ning of 2015, as the de­sign has been com­pleted, said a se­nior man­ager of China Avi­a­tion In­dus­try Gen­eral Air­craft, a sub­sidiary of Avi­a­tion In­dus­try Corp of China, the coun­try’s lead­ing air­craft maker.

The air­craft, with a max­i­mum take­off weight of 53.5 met­ric tons and a max­i­mum range of more than 5,000 kilo­me­ters, will be larger than a Boe­ing 737 and could be used for a va­ri­ety of op­er­a­tions such as pas­sen­ger trans­port, ma­rine en­vi­ron­men­tal mon­i­tor­ing, fire­fight­ing and search and res­cue.

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