TAIPEI, KOMPAS.com – China fly 39 fighter planes mostly fighter jets into the air defense zone Taiwan (ADIZ) on Sunday (1/23/2022), the island government said, citing the move as the second largest daily incursion on record.
The record for the most is 56 fighter aircraft on October 4, 2021.
Taiwan’s defense ministry said late Sunday it had seen 39 warplanes from China enter the ADIZ.
They added that Taiwan deployed its own aircraft to broadcast warnings and deployed an air defense missile system to track jets entering its zone.
The warplanes include 24 J-16 fighters – which experts say is one of China’s favorite jets to test Taiwan’s air defenses on – 10 J-10 fighters, and one nuclear-capable H-6 bomber.
It remains unknown why China launched such a large one-day mission.
However, quoted from AFPThe incursion came after the United States and Japan conducted naval exercises in the Philippine Sea, an area that includes waters east of Taiwan.
A total of 10 US Navy ships, including the aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson and USS Abraham Lincoln, participated in the January 17-22 exercise with Japan for effective deterrence and response, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force wrote Monday. in twitter.
Taiwan has only regularly published its data on air incursion from September 2020.
October 2021 remains the busiest month on record, with 196 incursions of which 149 were made in just four days as Beijing commemorates its annual National Day.
The defense zone is not the same as Taiwan’s territorial airspace, but covers a much larger area and overlaps with parts of China’s own ADIZ.
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