China starts assembling first AG600 amphibian aircraft

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China starts assembling first AG600 amphibian aircraft
James Hardy, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
19 July 2015


The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has begun final assembly of its AG600 amphibious aircraft, local media reported on 18 July.

The first airframe, aircraft number 001, is being assembled at a facility in Zhuhai owned by subsidiary China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Company (CAIGA). AVIC hopes the complete final assembly by the end of 2015 before the type's first flight by mid-2016, it said in a statement.

AVIC previously said other key airframe structures are being produced by its other subsidiaries. The wings are understood to be undergoing manufacturing by Xian Aircraft Industry Corporation (XAC), while other major structural components, including sections of the fuselage and tail, are being constructed by Shaanxi Aircraft Company.
China starts assembling first AG600 amphibian aircraft - IHS Jane's 360