In China, the world’s largest amphibious aircraft began its first test flight

The world’s largest Chinese amphibious aircraft AG600 designed to extinguish fires, on Sunday launched the first test flight, take-off led channel CCTV.

The plane took off from the airport of Zhuhai in southern Guangdong province at 09.40 local time (04.40 GMT). It is expected that the flight will last about an hour, its maximum height is 3 thousand kilometers. The plane is accompanied by another aircraft, which houses a team of technical staff.

China has completed Assembly of AG600 in July last year. The plane rolled off the Assembly line in Zhuhai.

The aircraft is the largest among the samples of such equipment not only in China but in the world. It is designed for extinguishing fires and conducting rescue operations on the water. In addition, AG600 can be equipped with additional equipment for monitoring the marine environment, passenger and freight transport, as well as exploration.

The plane’s four turboprop engines, he is able to score on Board 12 tons of water in 20 seconds. With a maximum takeoff weight AG600 53.5 tons, hull length of 39.3 meters, wingspan — 38.8 per meter and a maximum range of 4.5 thousand kilometers.