Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Taiwanese military reportedly develops ‘stealth’ coating

Unconfirmed reports of a test during nighttime claim a missile boat with the stealth coating managed to come to within 730m of another vessel before it was picked up by radar

The Taiwanese navy has made a major breakthrough in the development of an absorbent paint that can provide stealth capabilities to its weapons platforms, local media reported yesterday.

The radar-absorbing material, which reports said has been in development for a number of years, was recently tested on a 57-tonne Hai Ou (“Seagull”)-class fast attack boat (not pictured here; those are Kuang Hua VIs) , which has no stealth features, the Chinese-language United Daily News reported.

Two Seagulls, the No. 53 and No. 59, were deployed during the test. The No. 53, whose hull, machine guns, missiles and cabin were coated with the absorbent material, remained invisible to radar, while the No. 59, which was used as a control and did not receive the coating, was easily detected.

Only after the No. 53 came within sight did the radar finally detect it, reports said.

My article, published today in the Taipei Times, continues here.


Jerome Besson said...

That stealth coating story is another Chinese tall tale. That prominently displayed “reviled obsolete country” flag tells it all.

Were not the self-defense forces of the governing authorities compelled to do away with that flag and other related markings on US-occupied Japanese Taiwan?

Was not conforming to that US DOD directive the most basic stealth posture of a proxy governing authority aware of its rank in the food chain on US-occupied Japanese Taiwan?

Jerome Besson said...

The exiled admiral in charge of implementing his US DOD orders was obviously too taken last year, probably hatching more troubles for the JMSDF and the Seventh Fleet in Japanese waters, to mind his orders.

It amazes me how DOD and the US executive in general have been able to put up with that bunch of rebellious underlings for 70 long years and counting.

Time to clear the deck of a Formosa Maru Chinese pirates were allowed to highjack much, much too long.

And time also to surrender that leased vessel back to its legitimate owner. At least, involve HIM's shipping company prominently in the steering. That will make them aware they still have balls, if moss-covered ones, down there.



Poetic English by English professor Basil Hall Chamberlain
Thousands of years of happy reign be thine;
Rule on, my lord, till what are pebbles now
By ages united to mighty rocks shall grow
Whose venerable sides the moss doth line.

The above lifted from the "Kimigayo" entry in Wikipedia