TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 23), marking the 16th such intrusion this month.
One People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine warfare plane flew into the southwest corner of Taiwan’s ADIZ, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND). In response, Taiwan immediately sent fighter jets, issued radio warnings, and deployed air defense missile systems to track the Chinese aircraft.
Of the 16 ADIZ incidents this month, 14 involved one to two PLAAF aircraft, while larger incursions took place on Feb. 19 and 20. On Feb. 19, nine Chinese planes, including four Shenyang J-16 fighter jets, four Xian JH-7 fighter-bombers, and one Shaanxi Y-9 electronic warfare plane, were detected in the ADIZ.
On Feb. 20, 11 Chinese military aircraft, identified as two Chengdu J-10 fighter jets, two J-16s, four JH-7s, two Xian H-6 bombers, and one Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine warfare plane flew into the southwest corner of Taiwan’s identification zone, marking the largest single-day intrusion so far this month. The MND said the planes had been taking part in a People's Liberation Army air and maritime exercise.
Since mid-September of last year, Beijing has been regularly sending its planes into Taiwan’s ADIZ, with most instances occurring in the southwest corner of the zone and usually consisting of one to three planes.
Flight path of Chinese plane on Feb. 23 (MND image)