An AG 600 M airplane is ready to take off from Zhuhai, Guangdong province, to the flight-test center in Yanliang district of Xi'an, Shaanxi province, on January 31, 2023. TAN YUQIANG CHINA DAILY BEIJING - China's AG 600 large amphibious aircraft has entered the airworthiness flight-test phase, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China announced on Wednesday.
The AVIC, the country's leading plane-maker, said two AG 600 M airplanes, the firefighting model belonging to the AG 600 family, arrived at the flight-test center in Yanliang district in northwest China's Shaanxi province.
The type certificate was officially entered into the flight-test phase by the special-mission aircraft, according to the AVIC.
The AG 600 M airplanes will first receive modifications to conduct the flight test subjects at the flight test center.
Various tests, including the static test and others, have also been initiated, according to the AVIC.
The AG 600 aircraft family is developed to serve emergency rescue missions, and is codenamed Kunlong, or water dragon in Chinese. It can be used in forest firefighting, maritime search and rescue, and other critical emergency rescue missions.