However, nearly 2 decades ago in 1994, she was assigned chief designer of China’s well-known Houbei Class fast attack missile boat.
At that time, she was the youngest chief designer ever in China.
There are now three flotillas of more than 80 such boats in Chinese navy.
According to a retired US navy officer, the boat is a purebred ship killer, perhaps even a carrier killer.
When she was appointed, fast boats seemed outdated.
Perhaps, that was the reason to entrust a young girl the design of a new type of it, though she had already made prominent achievements in fundamental research.
Through 8 years of hard work, she finally succeeded in developing a very advanced fast stealth boat able to operate on the high sea.
She won a PLA scientific and technology progress award for that in 2002.
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