The South China Sea fracas is about to see another ratchet. China’s interests in bolstering its claims (dismissed by the International Tribunal and ignored by China) will have a new tool, the AG600.

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The China People’s Daily wryly noted the AG600 can reach the most remote parts of China.  This aircraft clearly is going to play a role to the remote “islands” that are in much dispute.  Even though the aircraft is behind schedule, its emergence sends an ominous regional signal.  Ostensibly a civilian aircraft, the AG600 clearly has dual use capabilities.

With a range of 4,500km the AG600 (also known as the TA600) can cover a wide area.  From Hainan’s Haikou Meilan International Airport the AG600 can easily go anywhere in China’s areas of interest.  Is there any wonder India bought the Japanese ShinMaywa?  There is a possibility that other nations bordering the South China Sea might also start looking at amphibian aircraft.

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Co-Founder AirInsight. My previous life includes stints at Shell South Africa, CIC Research, and PA Consulting. Got bitten by the aviation bug and ended up an Avgeek. Then the data bug got me, making me a curious Avgeek seeking data-driven logic. Also, I appreciate conversations with smart people from whom I learn so much. Summary: I am very fortunate to work with and converse with great people.

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