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AVIC AG-600 / TA-600

China (2019)
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The Chinese-originated AVIC AG-600 Flying Boat is currently in development and set to become the largest amphibious aircraft in the world when it sees service introduction.


Detailing the development and operational history of the AVIC AG-600 / TA-600 Flying Boat / Amphibious Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 5/21/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

In 1986, the Chinese Navy began operations of the Harbin SH-5, a large amphibious aircraft utilized primarily for maritime patrol and over-water Search and Rescue (SAR). The design emerged from work handled in the 1970s but only seven examples were taken on through production spanning from 1984 to 1985. The local Chinese concern of AVIC ("Aviation Industry Corporation of China") is now planning a successor based on the SH-5 as the "TA-600". This development will retain the former's amphibious capabilities and operate in largely the same roles as its Cold War-era predecessor. Beyond these military-minded roles, it is also envisioned that the TA-600 will be capable of firefighting over the vast, hard-to-reach Chinese wilderness - which will make range and water-hauling key qualities in the design. The TA-600 is expected to begin final assembly in 2015 for delivery during 2016 - this is a delay from the original 2014 delivery window.

The TA-600 has its roots in a 2009 initiative and, at this time, the aircraft retained many of the features seen in the original SH-5. 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. Its standard operating crew will be two pilots, a loadmaster, and any required mission specialists (sortie dependent). 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. Dimensions currently include a wingspan of 131.2 feet. Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) is listed at 117,950lb.

Design plans are for all-new, Chinese-made turboprop engines to power the aircraft through constant speed propellers with an output of at least 5,000 horsepower per engine unit. The current selection remains the aged WJ-6 which is nothing more than the Chinese copy of the Soviet Ivchenko AI-20 series.

With China's ever-growing reach into the Pacific, aircraft like the TA-600 will play an ever-increasing role to asserting regional dominance over its neighbors and general instability in one of the most important commercial waterways on the planet.

In July of 2016, the AG-600 was unveiled to onlookers as a static display - this as an international tribunal sided against Chinese claims in the South China Sea.

November 2016: The AG-600 amphibian was on public display as part of the 11th Zhuhai Air Show.

November 2016: There are seventeen AG-600 committed to orders. A first-flight is tentatively scheduled for sometime in 2017.

December 2017: An AG-600 aircraft recorded the series first-flight on December 24th, 2017. It remains under development heading into 2018.

Any available statistics for the AVIC AG-600 / TA-600 Flying Boat / Amphibious Aircraft are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).




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Rating: 68 (of 100)
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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 400mph
Lo: 200mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (311mph).

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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: China
Year: 2019
Type: Flying Boat / Amphibious Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) - China
Production: 1
Status: In-Development
Global Operators:
China
Historical Commitments / Honors:

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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the AVIC AG-600 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
3


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
121.06 ft


Meters
36.9 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
127.30 ft


Meters
38.8 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
39.70 ft


Meters
12.1 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
70,548 lb


Kilograms
32,000 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
117,947 lb


Kilograms
53,500 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
4 x WJ-6 (Ivchenko AI-20) Turboprop engines developing 5,100 horsepower each and driving 6-blded constant-speed propellers.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
311 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
500 kph


Knots
270 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
2,796 mi


Kilometers
4,500 km


Nautical Miles
2,430 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
32,808 ft


Meters
10,000 m


Miles
6.21 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
2,100 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
640 m/min

Supported Weapon Systems:

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Armament - Hardpoints (4):

Currently none. Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) military models would include depth charges, naval mines, torpedoes, and provision for dropping conventional ordnance.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• AG-600 - Base Series Designation
• TA-600 - Alternative Designation