TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Two Chinese military aircraft were tracked into the Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on Monday (July 18), marking the 10th day of intrusions this month.
A People’s Liberation Air Force (PLAAF) Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft and a Ka-28 anti-submarine warfare helicopter were spotted in the southwestern corner of Taiwan’s ADIZ, according to the Ministry of National Defence (DND). In response, Taiwan sent in planes, issued radio warnings, and deployed air defense missile systems to monitor PLAAF planes.
An ADIZ is an area that extends beyond a country’s airspace where air traffic controllers ask incoming aircraft to identify themselves.
So far this month, China has sent 38 military aircraft to Taiwan’s identification zone, including 17 fighter jets, two fighter-bombers, one bomber, two helicopters and 16 spotter planes.
Since September 2020, China has increased its use of gray area tactics by regularly sending aircraft into Taiwan’s ADIZ, with most events occurring in the southwest corner. In 2021, Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan’s ADIZ 961 times in 239 days, according to the MND.
Gray area tactics are defined as “an effort or series of efforts beyond steady-state deterrence and assurance that attempts to achieve its security objectives without resorting to the direct and significant use of force”.
Chinese plane Y-8 ASW. (DND photo)
Flight paths of Chinese aircraft on July 18. (MND picture)