China’s new AG600, the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, rolled off the production line in the city of Zhuhai on Saturday.
China’s new AG600, the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, rolled off the production line in the city of Zhuhai on July 23, the China Daily information website reported. The AG600 is a milestone in the aviation sector of the country.
According to the state aircraft maker, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), a maximum take-off weight of the aircraft is 53.5 tons, while a maximum cruising speed is 500 km per hour and a maximum flight range is 4,500 km.
A maximum endurance of 12 hours and a wingspan of 38.8 meters make the AG600 the largest amphibian aircraft in the world, about the size of a Boeing 737, AVIC deputy general manager Geng Ruguang told China Daily.
The aircraft can take off and land like an ordinary plane, but it can also take off and land from stretches of water that are at least 200 meters wide, 1,500 meters long, and 2.5 meters deep.
“The AG600 is like a ship that can fly, with advanced gas-water dynamic engineering and underwater corrosion resistance technology,” China Daily quoted the words of the chief designer of the AG600, Huang Lingcai.
The AVIC General Aircraft Company has already won 17 orders for the amphibious aircraft AG600, including two at 2014 Zhuhai Air Show. The company is going to deliver 60 AG600 amphibious aircraft in 15 years.