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All PLAAF aircraft to receive ‘low-observable’ coatings

15 March 2020

China's People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has issued new guidelines requiring both future and in-service aircraft to be painted with 'low-observable' coatings, colour schemes and markings.

The guidelines also mandate that the markings on PLAAF aircraft - including the national flag and service insignia - are gradually standardised, with the implementation of these regulations set to take place throughout 2020, according to a 13 March article by the PLA Daily newspaper.

Reporting on this issue the state-owned Global Times newspaper stated that the move is "aimed at giving Chinese warplanes a combat advantage as they will be less likely to be detected by both the naked eye and military radar".

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