Taiwan: Chinese military aircraft and naval vessels tracked

22 July, 2023 | Aditi

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Of the detected aircraft, 22 crossed the median line or entered Taiwan's air defence identification zone.

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) tracked 37 Chinese military aircraft and seven naval vessels.

From 6 a.m. on July 21, until 6 a.m. on July 22, Chinese military aircraft and naval vessels were monitored. “37 People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) military aircraft and seven People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) vessels had been tracked around Taiwan,” the MND reported.

The MND of Taiwan claims that seven naval ships were also dispatched to perform joint combat preparedness patrols with Chinese military aircraft. The MND stated that it has sent navy ships, combat patrol aircraft, and land-based air defence missile systems in response and that it is actively monitoring the situation with its intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) system.

Chinese aircraft enters Taiwan’s Defence zone

Of the detected aircraft, 22 crossed the median line or entered the southwest, south, southeast, and east sections of Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ).

The aircraft tracked in Taiwan included eight Chengdu J-10 fighter jets, six Shenyang J-16 fighters, two Xian H-6 bombers, one Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft (Y-8 ASW), one Shaanxi Y-9 electronic warfare plane (Y-9 EW), one Guizhou WZ-7 Soaring Dragon reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (WZ-7 UAV RECCE), one TB-001 reconnaissance and strike unmanned combat aerial vehicle (TB-001 UCAV RECCE), one Shaanxi KJ-500 early warning and control aircraft (KJ-500 AEW&C), and one Harbin Z-9 (Z-9 ASW) anti-submarine warfare helicopter.