High-speed taxi test for China’s new amphibious air tanker

AG600 high-speed taxi test
AG600 high-speed taxi test. Xinhua.

China’s new AG600 amphibious air tanker recently completed a high-speed taxi test. The first flight for the aircraft was December 24, 2017 at Jinwan Civil Aviation Airport in Zhuhai, Guangdong.

The AG600 can carry up to 3,000 gallons of water, and like the CL-215/415 and Air Tractors it can scoop water from a lake and drop it on wildfires. When not fighting fires it holds 50 passengers in a military or civilian role, and has a range of 5,500 km (3,418 miles). It has four turboprop engines, can handle a wave height of two meters, and will have a maximum speed of 354 mph (570 kph, 308 knots).

2 thoughts on “High-speed taxi test for China’s new amphibious air tanker”

  1. CHINA’S AG600 LOOKS VERY NICE ! Maybe we could buy a dozen or so from them, and try not to add too much to the trade imbalance ?
    Hope the USFS is paying attention ,however, the mgmt .thereof could probably find some excuse not to buy from the Chinese . WE NEED MORE FIXED WING AIRCRAFT ,AND ESPECIALLY SCOOPERS!

  2. I have to say that I am in love with the CL-415 with 1620 US gallons capacity. I do admire where the Chinese are going with this for fires (~3000 gallons), but their military application is clearly in support of their “permanent” aircraft carriers in the South China Sea.

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