The Chinese have already assembled four prototypes of the AG600M amphibian aircraft of their own design, the stage of intensive test flights has begun

by alex

The AG600 is superior to the Russian Be-200 in a number of parameters

Amphibious aircraft are rare and expensive. In this niche, Russia has always had a leading role: in fact, the leader of the global market for heavy amphibians is the Russian Be-200 aircraft from TANTK im. G.M. Beriev. But the Chinese have a formidable rival on the way called the AG600M “Kunlun”. This aircraft will surpass the Be-200 in a number of parameters.

Китайцы собрали уже четыре опытных экземпляра самолёта-амфибии AG600M собственной разработки, начинается стадия интенсивных испытательных полётов

The Chinese already have four prototypes of the AG600M (this is an aircraft of their own design): the project has reportedly now entered the stage of intensive test flights. This stage is an important step towards obtaining a type certificate: it is expected to be issued before the end of 2024.

The AG600M is powered by four Dongan WJ-6 turboprop engines. The maximum take-off weight of the AG600M is 60 tons versus 43 tons for the Be-200. There is parity in water capacity (up to 12 tons for both the AG600M and the Be-200), but the “Chinese” has an advantage in flight range: 4.5 thousand km versus 3.1 thousand km for the Be-200. The AG600M can fly at low altitude at low speed, allowing it to more accurately drop water on fires.

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