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The AVIC AG600, code named Kunlong (鲲龙), also known as TA-600, is one of China's three "big plane projects" approved by the State Council of China in 2009, along with the Xi'an Y-20 and C919.It is intended for both civil and military roles. In civil use, as an aerial firefighter it will be capable of dropping 12 tonnes of water, while in search and rescue operations it will accommodate up to 50 passengers. It is also intended to meet China's strategic defence needs in the South China Sea area.
 
It was designed by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).The aircraft was developed by a group of 70 aircraft component manufacturers and research teams in association with more than 150 institutes across 20 provinces and municipalities in China. Over the years, its silhouette has been slowly revised by way of modified float supports, a more blended, better-contoured cockpit roofline, and a "T-style" tail unit (as opposed to the split vertical tail fins of the SH-5). On the whole, the aircraft has continued use of flying boat basics - high, shoulder-mounted wings, two engines installed at each wing, and a boat-like hull for water landings. The hold will also support seating for up to 50 passengers. The resulting aircraft has proven heavier than previously planned at approximately 107,000lb, up from the original 98,000lb. The added weight has altered the expected operational range, reduced from 3,200 miles to 3,100 miles. The AVIC AG600 is an amphibious aircraft having the hull of a flying boat for waterborne operations along with a wheeled retractable undercarriage for alighting on land. The prototype AG600, built by CAIGA, has a wingspan of 38.8 metres (127 ft) and is powered by four turboprop engines. The type of engine is WJ-6, a modified Chinese-made version of the Soviet Union's Ivchenko AI-20 series. It is designed to have a maximum takeoff weight of 53.5 t (118,000 lb) and a maximum range of over 5,000 km (3,100 mi).
 
The aircraft is powered by four Chinese-made WJ-6 turboprop engines driving four six-bladed constant speed propellers. WJ-6 is a license-built copy of the Ivchenko AI-20 engine and generates a power output of 3,805kW (5,103hp).
 
The mid and forward fuselage sections of the aircraft were completed in December 2014 and March 2015 respectively. The horizontal and vertical tail was completed by January 2016. The prototype was rolled out on 23 July 2016 at the Zhuhai AVIC factory. Its maiden flight was made from the runway of Jinwan Civil Aviation Airport in Zhuhai, Guangdong on 24 December 2017, at 09:39 China Standard Time. 17 orders had been received from Chinese customers before the flight.
 
The aircraft can take-off and land from 1,500m-long, 200m-wide and 2.5m-deep water. It has the capacity to collect 12t of water in 20 seconds and can carry up to 370t of water on a single tank of fuel. The AG600 can perform take-off and landing in severe weather conditions with a wave height of 2m. The maximum take-off weight of the aircraft is 53.5t on runways and 49t on water.


 
 
AG600 aircraft received two option orders at the 10th Airshow China held in Zhuhai in November 2014, bringing the total option orders to 17.
 
AG600
Engines: 4 × WJ-6 turboprops, 3,805 kW (5,103 hp) each
Propellers: 6-bladed constant speed
Wingspan: 38.8 m (127 ft 4 in)
Length: 36.9 m (121 ft 1 in)
Height: 12.1 m (39 ft 8 in)
Max takeoff weight: 53,500 kg (117,947 lb)
Maximum speed: 570 km/h (354 mph; 308 kn)
Cruise: 500 kph
Stall: 220 kph
Range: 4,500 km (3,418 mi; 2,970 nmi)
Service ceiling: 10,500 m (34,400 ft)
Capacity: 50 passengers
 
 
 
 
 


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