BEIJING, may 14. /TASS/. China will start supplying the national industry is the largest in the world of amphibious aircraft AG600 by 2022. On Monday, reported China Central television.
“We plan to get the airworthiness certificate from the aviation authorities by 2021 and to begin deliveries of aircraft to customers by 2022” – presented in the report of the words of the chief designer of the project Juan Linza.
According to the specialist, after the first successful flight in December 2017, the developers are planning in July to overtake a prototype device from Zhuhai to Jingmen (Hubei province, Central China). There the aircraft made the first takeoff from the water surface of a local reservoir.
Work on the construction AG600 began in 2009. The first prototype rolled out in July 2016. A seaplane designed for the needs of civil aviation. It is designed specifically to fight forest fires and rescue operations.
Previously passed the information that this plane could be used and people’s liberation army of China to protect the country’s interests at sea while conducting patrol operations.
Maximum takeoff weight AG600 53.5 tons. It can reach speeds up to 500 km/h with a flight range up to 4.5 thousand km, and the duration of stay in the air for up to 12 hours. Length – 37 m, wingspan – 38.8 m, the Seaplane can take off and land both on conventional airfields and on water surface.
The aircraft will be manufactured in passenger and cargo versions. AG600 will be the world’s largest aircraft in its class.