The achievement is impressive. China’s aerospace industry is moving forward on several projects. If there is one issue that caught our eye here, it is the smoky turboprops. You don’t see that on western engines anymore. The closest similar smokiness we have observed is on the Russian IL-18, for example. By comparison, take a look at the Japanese US-2 amphibian and note its Rolls-Royce AE2100J engines generate no smoke. The AG600 and IL-18 engines look similar, but who knows what is under the nacelle?
Nonetheless, a great day for China’s aerospace industry.