Wednesday, 27 December 2017

China's AG600: World's largest amphibious aircraft

World's largest amphibious aircraft completes maiden flight successfully

China's first home-manufactured AG600, the world's largest amphibious aircraft, carried out its maiden flight Sunday in Zhuhai, a coastal city in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong.

The aircraft, designed and produced by the state-owned Aviation Industry Corp. of China (AVIC), took off from Zhuhai's Jinwan Civil Aviation Airport at 9:39 a.m. and returned 64 minutes later.

The AG600 joins the Yun-20 and the C919 in China's jumbo jet fleet.

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World's largest amphibious aircraft takes off in China


China’s homegrown AG600, the world’s largest amphibious aircraft in production, took to the skies on Sunday for its maiden flight.

The plane, codenamed Kunlong, according to the state news agency Xinhua, took off from the southern city of Zhuhai and landed after a flight of roughly an hour.

With a wingspan of 38.8 metres (127ft) and powered by four turboprop engines, the aircraft is capable of carrying 50 people and can stay airborne for 12 hours.

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World's largest amphibious aircraft makes maiden flight in China
China's domestically developed AG600, the world's largest amphibious aircraft, is seen during its maiden flight in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, China December 24, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

China’s domestically developed AG600, the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, performed its maiden flight on Sunday from an airport on the shores of the South China Sea, the latest step in a military modernization program.

China has stepped up research on advanced military equipment as it adopts a more muscular approach to territorial disputes in places such as the disputed South China Sea, rattling nerves in the Asia-Pacific region and the United States.

State television showed live images of the AG600 lifting off from Zhuhai airport in the southern province of Guangdong, which sits on the South China Sea coast.

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World's Largest Plane Soars to Success with First Flight

After eight years in the making, its four turboprop engines allow the aircraft to stay aloft for up to 12 hours. | Photo: EPA

A herculean aircraft takes to the skies as China’s AG600, the world’s largest amphibious aircraft successfully completes a one-hour flight out of Zhuhai city.

With a wingspan of 38.8m and a maximum weight capability of 53.5 tonnes, developers say the plane will work as a “protector spirit of the sea, islands and reefs” with its crew of 50 and firefighting, marine rescue, and military capabilities.

After almost eight years in the making, its four turboprop engines allow the aircraft to stay aloft for up to 12 hours and already the government has commissioned 17 orders from the state-owned manufacturing company, Aviation Industry Corp of China.

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China adds an ‘enormous dragon’ to its military arsenal


Even by China’s military standards, it’s big. Known as “enormous dragon”,  the AG600 is the world’s largest amphibious aircraft in production after finally taking off on its maiden flight during the Christmas holidays.

With a wingspan of 38.8 meters and powered by four engines, the aircraft can carry 50 people and stay airborne for 12 hours.

“Its successful maiden flight makes China among the world’s few countries capable of developing a large amphibious aircraft,” Huang Lingcai, the chief designer at Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC), told the government-controled Xinhua news agency.

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The AG600 Kunlong large amphibious plane in maiden China flight

A Chinese amphibious aircraft, the largest in production, has made a successful one-hour maiden flight.

The plane, roughly the size of a Boeing 737 but with four turboprop engines, took off from Zhuhai airport in the southern province of Guangdong.

The plane can carry 50 people and can stay airborne for 12 hours.

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China-made amphibious aircraft passes assessment for maiden flight


The AG600, a large amphibious aircraft developed by China, has passed the official technical quality assessment for its maiden flight, according to the developer.

Designed to be the world's largest amphibious aircraft, the 37-meter-long AG600 has a wingspan of 38.8 meters and a maximum take-off weight of 53.5 tons.

The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) said the technical evaluation was held in Zhuhai city in South China's Guangdong province.

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China's first home-grown amphibious aircraft completees its maiden flight


China's first home-grown amphibious aircraft AG600 on 24 December completed its maiden flight in Guangdong province.

At 9.39 am, the aircraft, code named "Kunlong", successfully soared into the sky from the Jinwan Civil Aviation Airport in the city of Zhuhai. The flight lasted about one hour, reports Xinhua news agency.

"Its successful maiden flight makes China among the world's few countries capable of developing a large amphibious aircraft," said Huang Lingcai, chief designer of the AG600.

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World's largest amphibious aircraft takes off in China
China's home-grown AG600, the world's largest amphibious aircraft in production, also known as "Kunlong", is seen at Jinwan Airport in Zhuhai in China.- AFP

China's home-grown AG600, the world's largest amphibious aircraft in production, took to the skies on Sunday for its maiden flight.

The plane, codenamed "Kunlong" according to state news agency Xinhua, took off from the southern city of Zhuhai and landed after roughly an hour-long flight.

With a wingspan of 38.8 metres (127 feet) and powered by four turboprop engines, the aircraft is capable of carrying 50 people and can stay airborne for 12 hours.

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China launches world's largest amphibious aircraft with an eye on South China Sea

The AG600 aircraft is around the size of Boeing 737. It is 37 meters long and has a 38.8-meter wingspan. On December 24, 2017, the plane took its maiden flight for about an hour from Zhuhai airport in the southern Guangdong province close to the South China Sea. At least 17 orders for the AG600 have been placed so far

China tested the world's largest amphibious aircraft on Sunday. The 37-meter (121-feet) long AG600 aircraft plane, codenamed "Kunlong," took off from the southern Chinese city of Zhuhai and flew for almost an hour on its maiden voyage.

The aircraft has a 38.8-meter wingspan and four turboprop engines. It is around the size of a Boeing 737 and can carry 50 people.

"Its successful maiden flight makes China among the world's few countries capable of developing a large amphibious aircraft," chief designer Huang Lingcai told Xinhua state news agency.

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AVIC AG600
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AG600 (foreground) and Y-20 at the Airshow China 2016

The AVIC AG600, code named Kunlong (鲲龙), also known as TA-600, is the largest amphibious aircraft currently flying. It is designed by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). The aircraft made its first flight in Zhuhai, Guangdong on 24 December 2017. The AG600 is one of China's three state-approved "big plane projects".

The AVIC AG600 is an amphibious aircraft having the hull of a flying boat for waterborne operations along with a wheeled retractable undercarriage for alighting on land. It is one of the world's largest amphibious aircraft, after the Beriev A-40, and is the largest currently flying. The prototype AG600, built by CAIGA, has a wingspan of 38.8 metres (127 ft) and is powered by four turboprop engines. The type of engine is WJ-6, a modified Chinese-made version of the Soviet Union's Ivchenko AI-20 series. It is designed to have a maximum takeoff weight of 53.5 t (118,000 lb) and a maximum range of over 5,000 km (3,100 mi).

The AG600 is one of China's three "big plane projects" approved by the State Council of China, along with the Xi'an Y-20 and C919. It is intended for both civil and military roles. In civil use, as an aerial firefighter it will be capable of dropping 12 tonnes of water, while in search and rescue operations it will accommodate up to 50 passengers. It is also intended to meet China's strategic defence needs in the South China Sea area, which has been subject to various territorial disputes. The aircraft would provide a fast response and the ability to patrol as far south as James Shoal. 17 orders had been received from Chinese customers before the flight. Target markets also include export sales, with island countries such as New Zealand and Malaysia having expressed an interest. The prototype was rolled out on 23 July 2016 at the Zhuhai AVIC factory. Its maiden flight was made from the runway of Jinwan Civil Aviation Airport in Zhuhai, Guangdong on 24 December 2017, at 09:39 China Standard Time

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China's New Y-20 Is the Largest Military Aircraft Currently in Production
The Y-20 is China's version of the C-17 Globemaster—a tank-carrying, supply-delivering, troop-transporting workhorse of a plane

The first Xian Y-20 military transport aircraft was delivered to the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) on June 15. Developed by Xian Aircraft Corporation, the Y-20 has an empty weight of 110 short tons, making it the largest military aircraft currently in production—larger than Russia's Ilyushin Il-76. Boeing's C-17 Globemaster III is bigger than the Y-20—the C-17's empty weight is about 60,000 pounds more than the Y-20 and its payload capacity is 25,000 pounds more—but production stopped in 2015, making the Y-20 the biggest that is currently rolling out of factories.

The Y-20—which has the official codename "Kunpeng" after a mythical Chinese bird, though it is nicknamed "Chubby Girl" for its appearance—makes China the third nation after Russia and the United States to design and develop its own heavy military transport aircraft.

The C-17 has been a major workhorse for the United States military since it was introduced in 1995, carrying troops and cargo all over the world. It allows the U.S. Air Force to quickly transport large amounts of supplies, move troops, fly large-scale air drop missions, and even transport other military vehicles such as an M1 Abrams tank, three IAV Stryker armored combat vehicles, or six M1117 Armored Security Vehicles. With the Y-20 officially in service—and the Y-20 is remarkably similar to the C-17—the PLAAF's versatility and ability to quickly mobilize large combat forces increases significantly.

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