Beijing debuted its indigenously made AG600 amphibious aircraft in Zhuhai, the government announced Saturday.
The massive aircraft will be used to fight forest fires and perform maritime rescue missions, the government said in a statement that called the aircraft “a milestone for the country.”
It is the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, the government said, and is about the size of a Boeing 737. It has a maximum takeoff weight of 53.5 tons and a max flight range of about 2,800 miles. The 121-foot long aircraft also has a maximum endurance of 12 hours, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
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