China’s first homegrown amphibious aircraft - the AG600 - has made its debut in Zhuhai City, Guangdong Province. It's been under assembly for more than a year. The seaplane is powered by four turboprop engines. With a maximum takeoff weight of over 53 tons, and an operational range of 4,500 kilometers, this engineering feat surpasses seaplanes from other countries, including Japan and Russia. CCTV's Ge Yunfei reports from the southern city of Zhuhai.
Link: http://www.albernivalleynews.com/news/320994221.htmlIn May 2015, the Hawaii Mars received a small contract to be used briefly for training Chinese pilots. This was done using the Martin Mars to evaluate against civil certification regulations by The International Test Pilot School, on how to handle such a large amphibious aircraft. These pilots will be involved with the Chinese state owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China as they get ready to launch their forthcoming AVIC TA-600 airplane
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-defence-airplane/worlds-largest-amphibious-aircraft-makes-maiden-flight-in-china-idUSKBN1EI01IBEIJING (Reuters) - China’s domestically developed AG600, the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, performed its maiden flight on Sunday from an airport on the shores of the South China Sea, the latest step in a military modernization program.