Ask yourself: What destination and/or targets lie on the other side of the Pacific from China?
The AG-600, set to make its first flight next year, is being developed primarily to extinguish forest fires and carry out maritime humanitarian operations, according to its manufacturer. Kashin said however it is extremely unlike China to devote so much resources and money to design an aircraft purely for firefighting purposes. Kashin said that the AG-600 will likely be unfit for purpose as a search and rescue plane at sea, as it will not stand up to ocean waves. Continue reading