Missing MH370: Talk of electronic warfare technology that can be used to hide aircraft

Missing MH370: Talk of electronic warfare technology that can be used to hide aircraft

PETALING JAYA - Reports are emerging that the missing MH370 aircraft could have been using cutting-edge electronic warfare technology that can hide a plane from the radar.

Further fuelling speculation is a confirmation by US-based Freescale Semiconductor, which manufactures hi-tech weapons systems and aircraft navigation, that 20 of its experts were passengers on the missing aircraft.

A report by Fox News in November last year stated that China and the US were racing to develop new technology that can make airplanes invisible not only to radar but also to the human eye.

It said China was working on such a technology that uses a hexagonal array of glass-like panels to bend light around an object, obscuring it from view.

"The general public might not hear about how far the US has really come, because it is and should remain classified.

"Other countries are still playing catch-up, but they're closing the gap," the report quoted firearms expert and former Navy SEAL Chris Sajnog as saying.

CNN also reported last November on cloaking technology for large objects by University of Toronto researchers Dr George Eleftheriades and Michael Selvanayagam.

At his press conference yesterday, acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said if there was evidence to prove speculations that the plane had been controlled remotely or by other external technologies, it would be investigated accordingly.

Dzirhan Mahadzir, a freelance defence journalist and analyst, rubbished the theory, claiming there was no such technology.

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