Seaplane to protect maritime rights
China will be able to use its first domestically developed amphibious plane to enhance its operational capability at sea and safeguard its maritime interests, according to the aircraft’s chief designer.
“The primary uses of the AG-600 will be forest fire control and maritime search and rescue,” Huang Lingcai told China Daily. “But it can also play an important role in lawenforcement tasks at sea and other maritime operations that protect our rights and interests.” The plane will make its maiden flight in the first half of next year.
Huang was speaking after a ceremony in Han-zhong, Shaanxi province, marking the delivery of its rear fuselage. The 17.5-meter section was manufactured by the Shaanxi Aircraft Corp, a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corp of China, the company that designed and is building the plane. (Photo 3)
Tourists dressed in warm clothes wait for sunrise on the summit of Mount Taishan in Tai’an city, East China’s Shandong province on Sunday morning. The three-day Labor Day holiday will begin on Friday during which many Chinese are expected to visit famous sites with their families.