Taipei, Two Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan’s southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Friday, a day before the country marks its Double Ten National Day.
The Double Ten National Day refers to Oct. 10, the national day of the Republic of China (ROC), Taiwan’s formal name.
According to information released by Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) on its website, the Chinese planes involved in the incident were one Shaanxi Y-8 transport plane and one Shaanxi Y-9 transport plane.
Based on the photos provided by the MND, the models of the Chinese aircraft were an electronic signals intelligence variant of the Y-8 and an electronic warfare variant of the Y-9.
Taiwan’s military responded by scrambling planes to intercept the Chinese aircraft, issuing radio warnings and mobilizing surveillance and air defense assets, the MND said.
The two transport planes flew near the Taiwan-controlled Dongsha Islands, also known as the Pratas Islands, in the South China Sea, according to a chart released by the MND alongside the report.
Taiwan’s military officers have revealed in June that a number of marines were redeployed to the land features to beef up their defense, in support of Taiwan’s Coast Guard officers there.
According to MND’s records, the latest incident marked the 15th incursion by China’s military assets to airspace or waters near Taiwan since Sept. 16 and the first time a Y-9 was spotted in the area.
The MND had established a section on its website to make public the latest Chinese military movements near Taiwan in mid-September due to the recent increase in China’s military activities in the area.
In one of the biggest recent show of Chinese military force near Taiwan, as many as 19 People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft, including J-16 multirole strike fighters, either crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait or entered Taiwan’s southwest ADIZ on Sept. 19.
The move was widely believed to be China’s attempts to express anger and warnings in response to visits by high ranking U.S. government officials to Taiwan.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel