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Taiwan reports incursions by record 20 Chinese warplanes in one day

Planes included early warning aircraft, fighter jets, bombers

A J-16 fighter jet (Ministry of National Defense photo) 

A J-16 fighter jet (Ministry of National Defense photo) 

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — On Friday (March 26), a record 20 Chinese military planes intruded into the southwestern part of Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ), according to a report by the Ministry of National Defense (MND).

While incursions have occurred on an almost daily basis for several months, the number of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) aircraft involved reached an unprecedented high Friday.

The list published by the MND included 10 J-16 fighters, four H-6K bombers, two J-10 jets, two Y-8 anti-submarine planes, one Y-8 RECCE reconnaissance aircraft, and one KJ-500 airborne early warning and control aircraft.

As usual, Taiwan’s military said it had scrambled jets, issued radio warnings telling the Chinese aircraft to turn back, and deployed its air defense missile system to monitor the situation.

Updated : 2021-05-13 09:18 GMT+08:00