Chinese electronic warfare aircraft enters Taiwan's ADIZ

10/27/2020 07:03 PM
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Photo courtesy of the MND
Photo courtesy of the MND

Taipei, Oct. 27 (CNA) A Chinese military electronic warfare aircraft entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday, the 17th day such an incursion has occurred in October alone, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).

The ministry said a People's Liberation Army Y-8 EW aircraft flew into the airspace between southwest Taiwan and the Taiwan- controlled Dongsha Islands, also known as the Pratas Islands, in the South China Sea before noon, the MND said.

Taiwan's Air Force responded by scrambling planes to monitor the Chinese aircraft, issuing radio warnings and mobilizing air defense systems, the MND said.

According to MND records, the latest incursion brought to 21 the number of Chinese military planes, mostly variants of the Y-8, that have entered the ADIZ in October alone.

An ADIZ is established by a country to allow identification, location and control of approaching foreign aircraft. However, no legal foundation for the system is explicitly stipulated in international law.

Due to the increasing number of incursions by Chinese military planes in recent months, the MND began on Sept. 17 to publish their movements regularly on its website to keep the public better informed.

(By Emerson Lim)

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