China-made large amphibious aircraft completes first water takeoff

October 20, 2018 – China’s independently-developed large amphibious aircraft AG600 completed its first water takeoff and landing in the city of Jingmen in the central province of Hubei on Saturday morning. The AG600, codenamed Kunlong, is designed to be the world’s largest amphibious aircraft. It completed its maiden flight in December 2017. At around 8:51 a.m., the plane took off from the surface of a reservoir near Zhanghe Airport of Jingmen under the command of captain Zhao Sheng and his crew. It landed smoothly and steadily on water after a…

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U.S., Philippines and Japan conduct amphibious landing in the Philippines

October 9, 2018 – The United States Armed Forces, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) conducted amphibious operations training during exercise KAMANDAG 2 at Naval Station Leovigildo Gantioqui, Oct. 6. U.S. and Philippine Marines aboard U.S. assault amphibious vehicles (AAVs) launched from the U.S. Navy’s USS Ashland (LSD 48) and Philippine Navy’s BRP Davao del Sur (LD 602) as part of a counterterrorism and humanitarian response based exercise. The ship-to-shore movement brought the U.S., Philippine and Japanese militaries together to advance amphibious capabilities. “This is…

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New Chinese Amphibian Conducts High-Speed Taxiing Trials

October 2, 2018 – China’s independently-developed large amphibious aircraft, the AG600, on Monday completed its first taxiing at high speed on the water, according to China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co. Ltd (CAIGA). The test at a speed of 145 kilometers per hour was carried out in the city of Jingmen of central China’s Hubei Province. CAIGA, headquartered in the southern province of Guangdong, said that the AG600, codenamed Kunlong, was in stable condition and functioned normally during the test. Designed to be the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, the AG600…

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CATAMARAN 2018: demonstration of Franco-British amphibious capabilities

Google Translation On June 7, 2018, on the beach of Quiberon Fort-Neuf, the Franco-British joint force carried out a demonstration of its Amphibious know-how as part of the operational training Catamaran 18. In a complex environment that requires precise coordination of all its elements, the force has demonstrated the ability to implement an international and joint component. At the heart of this day, the Task Group was able to highlight the complementarity of its operational capabilities, adapted to current strategic challenges and tactical requirements, in a dynamic demonstration on the…

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