Large Amphibious Plane Forges Ahead

China is stepping up development of the homegrown AG600 large amphibious aircraft, the company developing the plane said on Wednesday.

Three AG600s are expected to enter the final phase of assembly this year and maiden flights are planned for three aircraft, Aviation Industry Corporation of China, the country’s leading plane-maker, said.

AVIC is pushing ahead with the AG600 project, which is designed to strengthen the country’s emergency rescue and natural disaster response systems.

Code-named Kunlong, the AG600 is a key piece of aeronautical equipment in China’s emergency response system. Together with the Y-20 large transporter and the C919 single-aisle passenger airplane, it is also part of a key project to independently develop a “large aircraft family”.

The AG600 has been developed by AVIC to meet the needs of firefighting and marine rescue missions, as well as other critical emergency response operations.

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