On Friday eighteen Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ), marking the second largest incursion into Taiwan’s air defence zone.
According to the reports, The People’s Liberation Army “continuously harassed Taiwan’s airspace.” The Taiwan Air Force announced that 18 PLA military planes, including two flights, “harassed” Taiwan’s southwest airspace today. From the southwest area of Taiwan’s Eastern airspace, six J-11 fighter jet, two Y-8 long-range electronic warfare, six J-16 fighter jet, KJ-500 airborne early warning and control aircraft, Ka-28 anti-submarine warfare helicopter and two H-6 bomber flights incursion into Taiwan airspace.
In response, Taiwan sent aircraft, issued radio warnings, and deployed air defense missile systems to track the PLAAF aircraft. An ADIZ is an area that extends beyond a country’s airspace where air traffic controllers ask incoming aircraft to identify themselves.