First Stealth Boat (27 Sep
The Taiwanese Navy yesterday launched its first
locally built stealth missile boat, which it said would prove
a valuable asset in the event of conflict with China.
The 170-tonne vessel is scheduled to be commissioned
next year after stringent tests.
It plans to build another 29 missile boats modelled
on the stereotype under the Kuang Hwa Six Project.
The ship's sleek design was aimed at reducing the
reflection of radar waves, the navy said.
Analysts said the boats would be able to receive
"passively" intelligence collected by other Taiwanese
warships without opening their radars to the "enemy".
Such stealth actions would enable them to launch
missile blitzes against targeted enemy warships without risking
The missile boat, designed to cruise at a maximum speed of 33
knots would be armed with four locally made Hsiung Feng II ship-to-ship
The ships would replace dozens of ageing 50-tonne
Seagull missile boats, each of which carries two Hsiung Feng I