Chinese reconnaissance plane enters Taiwan's ADIZ

People’s Liberation Army Air Force Y-8 tracked in air defense identification zone Sunday morning

Chinese Y-8 reconnaissance plane (MND photo)

Chinese Y-8 reconnaissance plane (MND photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Sunday morning (Nov. 1), marking the 31st time People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) planes have flown into the zone since Sept. 16.

A single Shaanxi Y-8 reconnaissance plane intruded into the southwest corner of the ADIZ, according to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND). The Taiwanese military responded by scrambling fighter jets, broadcasting radio warnings, and deploying air defense missile systems to monitor the situation.

China’s latest string of intrusions started on Sept. 16 when two Shaanxi Y-8s flew into the southwest section of the identification zone. On Sept. 18, Beijing sent 18 military planes — including H-6 bombers and J-10, J-11, and J-16 fighter jets split into five groups — to carry out flights in the Taiwan Strait to the northwest of Taiwan and in the southwest corner of its ADIZ, with some crossing the median line in the strait.

The following day, an additional 19 warplanes, including bombers, fighter jets, and patrol planes, flew six different paths between an area northwest of Taiwan and the southwest portion of the ADIZ, with some again flying across the median line. One to three Chinese aircraft also penetrated the ADIZ on Sept. 21, 22, 23, 24, and 29 and on Oct. 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, and 31.

In addition, on Oct. 22, a Chinese drone also entered the southwest portion of the identification zone, according to MND Deputy Chief of Staff Chiu Shu-hua (丘樹華).

Chinese reconnaissance plane enters Taiwan's ADIZ
Chinese Y-8's flight path on Nov. 1 (MND image)

Updated : 2021-01-27 06:40 GMT+08:00