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China's AG600 amphibious aircraft completes initial water rescue verification


An AG600 amphibious aircraft, March 20, 2024. /CFP
An AG600 amphibious aircraft, March 20, 2024. /CFP

An AG600 amphibious aircraft, March 20, 2024. /CFP

China's independently-developed AG600 large amphibious aircraft has completed the initial verification of its water rescue capabilities, according to the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).

In late April, an AG600 tech-demonstrator carried out the water rescue verification at the reservoir of the amphibian Zhanghe Airport in Jingmen in central China's Hubei Province, said the AVIC.

This move is key for the AG600 large amphibious aircraft to effectively meet the demand arising from China's ongoing efforts to build an emergency rescue system, said the AVIC.

It also marks a new breakthrough for the AG600 aircraft family and provides tech support for the follow-up development of the search-and-rescue type, the developer added.

China's AG600 large amphibious aircraft family is being developed as vital advanced aeronautical equipment to strengthen the country's emergency rescue capabilities. The aircraft family is tailored to carry out rescue missions such as firefighting and maritime search-and-rescue operations in all types of terrains across the country.

The AG600-series amphibious aircraft features a unique configuration consisting of an upper body shaped like an aircraft and a lower body shaped like the bottom of a ship.

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency
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