An official model of the initial concept for Taiwan’s Project Kuang Hua-VI guided-missile patrol craft project. Construction of 30 of these “stealth” craft was approved in July 1996, all to be completed by 2003 at a cost of some $3 billion. The 150-ton, 113-foot design shown here has been superseded by a 180-ton, 131-foot version to be capable of sustaining in excess of 30 knots. At present, the planned armament is four 76-nautical-mile-ranged, dual-seeker Hsuing Feng-II antiship missiles and a 20-mm Mk 75 anti-aircraft gun, but space and weight have been reserved for a 40-mm gun on the forecastle and shoulder-launched heat-seeking anti-aircraft missiles. The craft will replace the remaining 49 Hai Ou-series 47-ton missile boats built in Israel and Taiwan in the late 1970s through 1984. A Taiwanese-developed combat data system will be fitted.
By A.D. Baker III, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World