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July 18, 2015

China to Roll out World's Largest Sea Plane

 AG-600 Seaplane. Photo by state-run China Daily

AG-600 Seaplane. Photo by state-run China Daily

 China has started assembling the world's largest amphibious aircraft which it plans to deploy in the disputed South China Sea besides aggressively marketing it abroad, state-run China Daily reported.

 
“Since the first day of its development, the AG-600 has been designed for the global market. We are confident in its market prospects because the aircraft’s overall specifications, such as the maximum takeoff weight and flight range, are better than other amphibious planes in the world,” said Qu Jingwen, general manager of China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co, the aircraft’s developer.
 
Powered by four turboprop engines, it will be the world's largest amphibious aircraft, surpassing Japan's ShinMaywa US-2 and Russia's Beriev Be-200, Huang Lingcai, the chief designer of the plane said.
 
The AG-600 can carry 50 people during a maritime search and rescue mission. To extinguish forest fires, it can take on 12 metric tons of water from a lake or sea within 20 seconds and pour it on the fire.  
 
Powered by four turboprop engines, it will be the world's largest amphibious aircraft, surpassing Japan's ShinMaywa US-2 and Russia's Beriev Be-200, Huang said.  
 
The aircraft maker has received 17 orders from domestic companies. One of the buyers will use it to carry tourists to reefs and islands in the South China Sea, he said. 
 
"Some countries with many islands, such as Malaysia and New Zealand, have expressed interest in the AG-600, and we are in contact with them," Qu  said.
 
The project was launched in September 2009. The aircraft's debut flight is planned for the first half of next year, according to a statement by the company.
 
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