China’s domestically developed AG600, the world's largest amphibious aircraft, performed its maiden flight on December 24, 2017 9:39 am
from an airport on the shores of the South China Sea, the latest step in a military modernization program.
State-owned Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC) has spent almost eight years developing the aircraft, which is roughly the size of a Boeing
Co (BA.N) 737 and is designed to carry out marine rescues and battle forest fires.
Aircraft using cantilever wing, the first three points retractable landing gear, single hull amphibious aircraft layout, the optional four domestic
six turboprop engines, maximum take-off weight of 53.5 tons, weight big, range far and long battery life.
AG600 adheres to independent innovation and is mainly supported by domestic suppliers, and 98 percent of the more than 50,000 structure
and system components of the whole machine are provided by domestic suppliers, and more than 95 percent of the finished products are
made domestically. It includes super - diameter specification, super - strength titanium alloy fastener and its supporting products.
The first flight of AG600 amphibious aircraft shows that China has made leaps and bounds in aviation rescue equipment. It also proves that
China already has a very high level of capability in the manufacture of aviation rescue products.