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China completes massive amphibious aircraft

Updated: Jul 23,2016 4:45 PM     Xinhua

The AG600, a massive amphibious aircraft, rolls off a production line in the southern city of Zhuhai on July 23. [Photo/Xinhua]

GUANGZHOU — China has completed production of a massive amphibious aircraft that it plans to use to fight forest fires and perform marine rescue missions.

The AG600 rolled off a production line in the southern city of Zhuhai on July 23, in what aviation observers see as a milestone for the country.

The aircraft has a maximum take-off weight of 53.5 tons and a maximum flight range of 4,500 km, according to state aircraft maker Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).

The AG600 is by far the world’s largest amphibian aircraft, about the size of a Boeing 737, according to AVIC deputy general manager Geng Ruguang.

The AG600, a massive amphibious aircraft, rolls off a production line in the southern city of Zhuhai on July 23. [Photo/Xinhua]

The AG600, a massive amphibious aircraft, rolls off a production line in the southern city of Zhuhai on July 23. [Photo/Xinhua]

The AG600, a massive amphibious aircraft, rolls off a production line in the southern city of Zhuhai on July 23. [Photo/Xinhua]

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