China unveils world’s largest amphibious aircraft

China has completed the production of the world’s largest amphibious aircraft dubbed as the AG600.

It was unveiled by the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) in the southern port city of Zhuhai. 

Key Features of AG600 
  • AG600, the massive seaplane is far larger than any other plane built for marine take-off and landing. 
  • The aircraft has a maximum take-off weight of 53.5 tonnes and is around the size of a commercial plane Boeing 737. 
  • It has a maximum range of 4,500 km and is intended for fighting forest fires and performing marine rescues. 
  • It will be used for fighting forest fires and performing marine rescues. 
  • Besides, it will wean off China’s dependence on foreign aviation firms for amphibious aircrafts. 
  • It could potentially be used to display China’s ability to conduct a variety of operations in the disputed South China Sea. 
Note: 
  • The wingspan of AG600 is considerably smaller than that of the H-4 Hercules which was designed in the 1940s to carry Allied troops into battle. 
  • It was also known as the Spruce Goose and was regarded as by far the largest seaplane ever built. 
  • It had made one only flight in 1947.
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