The ceremony of the rolling out of the first flight prototype of the Chinese AG600 Jiaolong amphibian aircraft (serial number 001) at the Chinese aircraft enterprise Zhuhai Yanzhou Aircraft Corporation (ZYAC) of the China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (CAIGA) association of the state aircraft building corporation AVIC. Zhuhai (Guangdong Province), July 23, 2016.
Developed by China the largest in the world amphibian aircraft AG600 successfully carried out a flight from Zhuhai City, Guangdong Province to Jingmen City, Hubei Province, now the ship is ready to begin testing on the water surface.
The Chinese aviation industry corporation (AVIC) reported on Monday that on a flight from Jinwan airport in Zhuhai to Zhanghe airfield in Jingmen, the aircraft flew into the airspace of three provinces – Guangdong, Hunan and Hubei. The date of the beginning of tests on water has not yet been reported.
Previously, AVIC announced plans to begin commercial delivery of the AG600 amphibious aircraft by 2022.
This is the largest example of such equipment not only in China, but also in the world. The vessel is designed to extinguish fires and carry out rescue operations on the water. In addition, the AG600 can be equipped with additional equipment for monitoring the marine environment, passenger and freight traffic, as well as exploration of mineral deposits.
The aircraft is equipped with four turboprop engines, able to collect on board 12 tons of water in 20 seconds. The maximum take-off weight of the AG600 is 53.5 tons, the length of the hull is 39.3 meters, the wingspan is 38.8 meters, and the maximum flight range is 4,5 thousand kilometers. At a time the aircraft can carry up to 50 people.
In December 2017 AG600 successfully completed its first testing flight from the ground. AG600 project was approved in June 2009, and assembly was completed in July 2016.
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