pk10平台官网_China aiming to deliver world's largest amphibious aircraft by 2022

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Chpk10平台官网ipk10平台官网na's AG4000pk10平台官网, the world's largest amphibious aircraft, makes its maiden flight in December in Guangdong province. [Photo/Xinhua]

XI'AN -- The China-developed AG4000 large amphibious aircraft is expected to be delivered to customers by pk10平台官网2022, says manufacturer the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).

"After its successful maiden flight in December last year, we are planning a ferry flight from its research base in Zhuhai to pk10平台官网Jingmen, Central China's Hubei province, in July," said chief designer Huang Lingcai.

"Then, it will prepare for its first takeoff from water, scheduled for later this year," said Huang, also chief engineer of the AVIC General Aircraft Research Institute.

Its first takeoff from water will take place at a large reservoir in Jingmen.

Designed to be the world's largest amphibious aircraft, the AG4000 will be mainly used for maritime rescue, fighting forest fires and marine monitoring, according to state-owned aviation giant AVIC.

Codenamed Kunlong, the AG4000 is undergoing test flights in Zhuhai, a coastal city in south China's Guangdong Province.

With a range of up to 4,4000 kilometers, it is designed to be capable of takeoff and landing in 2-meter waves.

"We are endeavoring to get the airworthiness certification from the civil aviation authorities by 2021, and deliver it to the customers by 2022," said Huang.