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Taiwan scrambles fighter jets in response to Chinese spy planes

Taiwan’s military scrambled fighter aircraft to intercept a Chinese spy aircraft, it said on Tuesday at the official Ministry of National Defense Republic of China Twitter account.

One People’s Liberation Army Y-8 Anti-Submarine Warfare aircraft entered Taiwan’s southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Oct. 1, it says on its Twitter.

“Republic of China Air Force fighters scrambled and deployed air defense missile system to monitor the activity. No matter what happened, we will Keep protect our country firmly,” the news release says. “Taiwan’s military scrambled fighter aircraft to intercept a Chinese spy aircraft, it said on Tuesday at the official Ministry of National Defense Republic of China Twitter account.”

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In addition, a similar case happened on September 28, when two PLA Y-8 ASW aircraft entered Taiwan’s southwest ADIZ.

Y-8 ASW aircraft is a Chinese maritime patrol aircraft, commonly known as the Y-8Q submarine hunter plane.

The Y-8Q, also designed as Y-8 GX6, is a Chinese modern maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft equipped with seven-meter-long Magnetic Anomaly Detector (MAD) boom, which detects the magnetic signature of enemy submarines’ metal hulls as the aircraft flies over them.

Y-8Q likely also features a number of multirole mission consoles in its mission cabin, along with a mission planning area, and a rest area featuring bunks for long duration missions.

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Daisuke Sato
Daisuke Sato
Daisuke Sato is defense reporter, covering the Asia-Pacific defense industrial base, defense markets and all related issues. He has covered the US and Japan bilateral exercises for several years.

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