The Asian Dragon China begins building of world's largest sea plane

Highlights: 

  • The Asian Dragon China has started assembling the world's largest amphibious aircraft.
  •  It plans to deploy in the disputed South China Sea besides aggressively marketing it abroad.
  • China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co which is developing the aircraft has received 17 domestic orders for what will be the world's largest sea plane.
  • China started assembling its first domestically developed seaplane, which is expected to capture a big share in the international market.
  • It is powered by four turboprop engines.
  • It will be the world's largest amphibious aircraft.
  • It will surpass Japan's ShinMaywa US-2 and Russia's Beriev Be-200, Huang Lingcai.
  • India plans to buy Japanese sea planes to counter-balance Chinese Navy' growing might in blue waters.
  • The Chinese plane will have a maximum takeoff weight of 53.5 tons and an operational range of about 4,500 kilometers..
  • China has maritime dispute with Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan over the South China Sea.
  • The project was launched in September 2009.