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