Sunday, July 14, 2024

World’s Largest Amphibious Aircraft Almost Ready to Maiden Flight

The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) successfully conducted a test of engines of new AG600 amphibious flying boat.

An AVIC official says the first flight is planned for the first half of 2017 (probably in March). This is two years after the originally-planned 2015, but there have been developmental delays with the aircraft.

The AG600 is reportedly the largest amphibious aircraft currently being built. CAIGA, which has started work on the prototype AG600, has announced that the aircraft will have a maximum takeoff weight of 53.5 t (53,500 kg; 118,000 lb) and a maximum range of over 5,000 km (3,100 mi).

- ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW -

The aircraft have a wingspan of 38.8 metres (127 ft) and powered by four turboprop engines.

Commentaries in China note that the aircraft was specifically designed to defend China’s interests in the South China Sea area.

If you would like to show your support for what we are doing, here's where to do it.

If you wish to report grammatical or factual errors within our news articles, you can let us know by using the online feedback form.

Executive Editor

About author:

Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov is the editor-in-chief of Defence Blog. He is a journalist, an accredited defense advisor, and a consultant. His background as a defense advisor and consultant adds a unique perspective to his journalistic endeavors, ensuring that his reporting is well-informed and authoritative. read more

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

TRENDING NOW

Israel debuts new Roem artillery system

Israel has unveiled its latest artillery system, the Roem. The state-of-the-art system, developed by Elbit Systems, saw its first operational firing in June and...