China gets flying boats
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China Gets Flying Boats: Regional Waters Just Got Murkier
By Cecil Victor
These were the mainstay of colonial empires east of Suez for many decades. With China announcing its “largest flying boat in the world” and India placing orders for 18 from Japan, the strategic environment in the Asia-Pacific oceanic region is about to become murkier than ever.
Also known as ‘amphibians’ for being able to take off and land on water as well as operate from terrestrial bases, these platforms lend themselves to a multitude of operations. From search and rescue to firefighting on land, anti-piracy operations, logistics support and surveillance and reconnaissance they will be useful in what the Chinese say (almost in an aside) for ‘strategic purposes’ in the disputed South China Sea.
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