World's Largest Amphibious Airraft AVIC AG600 rolled out

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China completes massive amphibious aircraft - ShanghaiDaily

CHINA has completed production of a massive amphibious aircraft that it plans to use to fight forest fires and perform marine rescue missions.
The AG600 rolled off a production line in the southern city of Zhuhai on Saturday, in what aviation observers see as a milestone for the country.
The aircraft has a maximum take-off weight of 53.5 tonnes and a maximum flight range of 4,500 km, according to state aircraft maker Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).
The AG600 is by far the world's largest amphibian aircraft, about the size of a Boeing 737, according to AVIC deputy general manager Geng Ruguang.
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After its December 24th 2017 maiden flight, the AG600 prototype B-002A conducted a second test flight on January 24, at 9:54 am:


 

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The AG600 prototype performed its first ferry flight from Zhuhai to Jingmen Xhanghe airport Sunday morning. It will perform its first water flight from the Xhanghe reservoir:





 

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The first prototype has begun water test's at Xhanghe Reservoir:











 

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If China kits this out with serious ASW gear this could be a potent platform. The ability to refuel at sea is invaluable if you can operate in high sea state.
 

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If China kits this out with serious ASW gear this could be a potent platform. The ability to refuel at sea is invaluable if you can operate in high sea state.
Not for high sea state i think, just for rescue and fire fighting, maybe also suitable transportation and patrol between "naturally grown" islands in SCS...
 

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How does it fare with respect to ShinMawya US-2?
 

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The first prototype is still conducting water ski run tests at Xhanghe reservoir:




 

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First take-off and landing from water for the AG600 prototype:








Video of the landing with live reporting. The commentary and resolution are both poor:

 
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First take-off and landing from water for the AG600 prototype:








Video of the landing with live reporting. The commentary and resolution are both poor:


Much better footage of both take off and landing

 

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