Edited By Priyesh Mishra | Updated:
- China increasing its strength at sea, built amphibious aircraft
- China’s first Amphibious Aircraft Sea Trial Completed, South China Sea Will Increase Strength
- India’s amphibious plane project still hanging, talks with Japan continue
Amid tensions with the US and India, China is trying to increase its strength at sea. On Sunday, Dragon successfully landed the world’s largest AG 600 Amphibious plane based on indigenous technology. This plane is capable of flying and landing from both water and land. This will increase China’s strength in disputed areas like South China Sea.
Chinese amphibious plane landed in the sea
The Chinese Amphibious Plane AG 600 Khulong successfully made a landing in the sea of Chingtao City in east China’s Shantong Province. Which has laid the foundation for further development of other maritime flight training and aircraft capability. China has said that the AG600 will be used primarily to extinguish wildfires and rescue water.
Complete 360 hours of flight training
So far, the AG 600 aircraft have completed more than 360 hours of flight training, providing many data related to flight tests. Significantly, on 5 September 2009, the AG 600 program was formally launched. On December 24, 2017, it successfully made its first flight to land at Chinwan Airport in Chuhai City in Quangtu Province. On October 20, 2018, the first aquatic flight took place at Chianghao Airport located in the city of Chinaman in Hupei province.
This is the plane
The 37-meter-long aircraft looks like a Boeing 737. Its wingspan is 38.8 meters. According to the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, this plane can carry a maximum load of 53.5 tons. Whereas, this plane can fly a maximum of 4,500 km at a time.
India’s amphibious plane project in balance
India also negotiated with Japan to buy 12 amphibious planes. However, the agreement could not be finalized due to several reasons. It was hoped that the agreement could be signed during Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s visit to India but his visit was canceled due to the protests against the CAA in India and the deal was stuck.