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Chinese amphibious aircraft launched into serial production (video)

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jul9,2024

Chinese plane- the amphibian is put into mass production (video)

The promising seaplane AG600 will soon begin patrolling the coastline and assisting in rescue operations at sea, as well as transporting cargo and passengers. From Hainan Island, he will be able to fly to any point in the South China Sea in 4 hours maximum. The developer of the amphibious aircraft, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), has announced the start of serial production.

The first batch of amphibious forward fuselage sections was assembled at the AVIC aircraft factory late last month. According to representatives of the state corporation, the start of serial production of the AG600 can be counted from July 1. The final assembly will take place in the workshops of one of the divisions of AVIC, the company General Huanan Aircraft Industry, in the city of Zhuhai in the southern province of Guangdong.

Work on the amphibious aircraft began in 2014, the first flights of the prototype over land took place in 2017, over by sea – 2020 Airworthiness testing began this year.

As SCMP writes China seeks to develop its own aviation within the framework of the government's task of upgrading equipment by 2027. The successes of Chinese aircraft manufacturers include, for example, Yun-20, the first military transport aircraft of the People's Republic of China, or C919, a narrow-body passenger aircraft. And now they will be joined by the AG600, a key project of strategic importance to ensure the security of Chinese bases in the South China Sea and to support the navigational security of the Maritime Silk Road.

Customers of the first seventeen seaplanes – Coast Guard of China and the State Oceanic Administration.

The AG600 turboprop seaplane with a length of almost 37 m and a wingspan and a maximum take-off weight of 53.5 tons will be able to take off and land on water in waves up to two meters high. Aircraft capacity – 50 passengers.

Initially, the completion of the project was planned for 2022, but the development of the AG600 slowed down due to the pandemic and technological failures related to the WJ-6 turboprop engines, created on the basis of the AI-20.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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