Monday, April 19, 2021

Chinese PLA Navy Holds Mock Dogfight With J-10, Su-30 Fighter Jets To Corner The F-16s

In what seems to be China’s renewed attempt to threaten Taiwan, the PLA Navy has conducted mock dogfights with J-10 and Su-30 fighter jets in the country’s Zhejiang Province, off the coast of the East China Sea.

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The state-owned Global Times reported that the combat exercise with different fighter jets was conducted by the naval aviation brigade attached to the PLA Eastern Theater Command. The naval version of J-10 has reportedly been upgraded with advanced avionics systems and China’s most advanced close-range combat missiles.

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Fu Qianshao, a Chinese military aviation expert, told GT that J-10 is similar to the US-made F-16 and F/A-18 and France-made Rafale in terms of aerodynamics and mobility. He also said that Su-30 can play the heavy fighter role like that of the US F-15.

In October, a brief dogfight had ensued between the Taiwanese F-16s and the PLAAF Su-30 over the South China Sea when the PLA Air Force (PLAAF) tried to enter the Taiwanese airspace during the visit of a top American diplomat.

Reports suggest the Su-30MKKs were providing escort to a Shaanxi Y-8 transport aircraft. At that time, the two F-16s had pursued a PLAAF Y-8 aircraft to force its retreat from the air defense identification zone (ADIZ).

On Tuesday, two Chinese military Y-8 aircraft entered Taiwan’s southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ), Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) claimed.

The MND said of the two Y-8s, one was an anti-submarine variant and another reconnaissance variant. They entered the airspace between southwest Taiwan and the Taiwan-controlled Dongsha Islands (Pratas Islands) in the South China Sea.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has announced that any attempts to split China would be met with force. Beijing considers Taiwan part of its territory. With a rise in US arms supply to the island nation, Beijing is putting military pressure on Taiwan in a bid to make it part of mainland China.

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