➡ Know about AG600: World’s largest amphibious aircraft takes off
▪️China’s home-grown AG600, also known as ‘Kunlong’, the world’s largest amphibious aircraft took off took off from the southern city of Zhuhai and landed after roughly an hour-long flight.
▪️Its successful maiden flight makes China among the world’s few countries capable of developing a large amphibious aircraft.
▪️It also further strengthens China’s rapidly modernising military.
➡ Key Facts
▪️The AG600 amphibious aircraft can land and take off from water. It has wingspan of 38.8 metres. It is powered by four turboprop engines.
▪️It has been designed and built by China’s state-owned manufacturer Aviation Industry Corp of China. It is capable of carrying 50 people and can stay airborne for 12 hours. It has operational range of 4,500-km.
▪️The aircraft has military applications but will be also used for firefighting and marine rescue. Its flight capabilities put all of China’s artificial island-building projects in disputed South China Sea (SCS) well within its range.
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