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China-made large amphibious aircraft to fly in 2016

(Xinhua)    10:32, March 11, 2015
This is a sketch of China's self-developed amphibious aircraft AG600. The first major part of AG600, the fuselage mid-section, was completed at the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) Xi'an Aircraft Industry Company in Xi'an, capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi province, Dec 29, 2014. The AG600, a multi-use amphibious aircraft, is expected to be used for forest firefighting and marine rescue missions. [Photo/Xinhua]

ZHUHAI, March 10 -- China's large amphibious aircraft AG600 will have its maiden flight in 2016, the AVIC General Aircraft Company said on Tuesday.

The AG600, intended to be the world's largest amphibian, has a takeoff weight of 53.5 tonnes. It can collect 12 tonnes of water in 20 seconds and could be used to fight forest fires and in marine rescue missions.

The final assembly will be completed in 2015, according to the company.

The development and production of the plane received government approval in 2009.

The first flight of China's first light amphibious aircraft, the HO300, to took place in 2010.

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