TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Chinese military aircraft flew over Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on Thursday afternoon (July 15), marking the ninth intrusion this month.
A single People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLLA) Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine fighter jet entered southwest corner of Taiwan’s ADIZ, ministry said of National Defense (MND). In response, Taiwan sent planes, issued radio warnings, and deployed air defense missile systems to track the PLAAF plane.
Yesterday’s intrusion marked the fourth day in a row that Beijing had sent planes to the identification area. All of the planes this month were slower turboprop engines, comprised of electronic warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and reconnaissance variants.
Since September of last year, Beijing has stepped up its gray area tactics by frequently sending planes into Taiwan’s ADIZ, with most events taking place in the southwest corner of the area.
An ADIZ is an area that extends beyond the airspace of a country where air traffic controllers ask incoming aircraft to identify themselves. Gray zone tactics are defined “as an effort or series of efforts beyond steady-state deterrence and assurance that attempt to achieve its security objectives without resorting to direct and significant recourse to strength “.
According to MND data, Chinese planes were tracked in Taiwan’s ADIZ 10 times in June, 18 times in May, 22 times in April, 18 times in March, 17 times in February and 27 times in January. Last year they were seen 19 times in December, 22 times in November and 22 times in October.
Flight path of a Chinese plane on July 15 (MND image)