Tues­day China pro­duces largest am­phibi­ous air­craft

China Daily (USA) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China has rolled off the pro­duc­tion line a mas­sive am­phibi­ous air­craft that it plans to use to fight for­est fires and per­form marine res­cue mis­sions.

Af­ter nearly seven years of con­struc­tion, the AG600 was un­veiled in Zhuhai in south­ern Guang­dong prov­ince on July 23.

Half boat and half air­plane, the craft can take off at a weight of 53.5 met­ric tons, can pick up 12 tons of wa­ter in 20 sec­onds and transport up to 370 tons of wa­ter on a sin­gle tank of fuel.

The air­craft has a max­i­mum cruis­ing speed of 500 kilo­me­ters per hour (310 mph), a max­i­mum flight range of 4,500 km and a max­i­mum en­durance of 12 hours, ac­cord­ing to state air­craft maker Avi­a­tion In­dus­try Corp of China.

The AG600 is by far the world’s largest am­phib­ian air­craft, about the size of a Boe­ing 737, ac­cord­ing to Geng Ruguang, deputy gen­eral man­ager of AVIC. (Photo 2)

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