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China-made large amphibious aircraft to enter high-speed test on water

Updated: Sep 18,2018 10:25 AM     Xinhua

GUANGZHOU — China’s independently-developed large amphibious aircraft, the AG600, has completed taxiing at low and intermediate speed on the water and will conduct high-speed tests soon.

The AG600, codenamed “Kunlong”, successfully finished eight taxiing tests on water at a speed of 80 km per hour and 120 km per hour, totaling 552 minutes in the city of Jingmen, Central China’s Hubei province from Sept 2 to 13, according to China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co. Ltd.

The aircraft has passed a series of tests since its maiden flight last December. The company said that the aircraft will enter high-speed taxiing tests on the water, targeting a speed of 145 km per hour. Designed to be the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, the AG600 is powered by four domestically built turboprop engines and has a range of 12 hours. It will be mainly used for maritime rescue, fighting forest fires and marine monitoring.

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