File photo: Amphibious aircraft AG600 rolls off a production line in Zhuhai, South China’s Guangdong province, July 23, 2016. The aircraft, which has a maximum take off weight of 53.5 tonnes and a maximum flight range of 4,500 km, will be used to fight forest fires and perform marine rescue missions. The AG600 is by far the world’s largest amphibian aircraft, about the size of a Boeing 737. [Photo/Xinhua]
ZHUHAI — 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 tonnes.
The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) said the technical evaluation was held in Zhuhai city in South China’s Guangdong province.
The amphibious aircraft can be used for maritime rescue, fighting forest fires, marine environment monitoring and protection. It can collect 12 tonnes of water in 20 seconds and transport up to 370 tonnes of water on a single tank of fuel.
Experts agreed that the plane is ready for flight.
The aircraft developer said earlier this year that it has received orders for 17 AG600s.