According to data released by Japans Ministry of Defense, Japanese fighter planes made 999 emergency liftoffs in 2018, 64% of which were in response to the urgent liftoffs of Chinese aircraft.
According to Kyodo News Agency on April 12, Japans Ministry of Defense announced on April 12 that in response to foreign aircraft that might violate its airspace, Japanese Air Self-Defense Force fighters made 999 emergency lifts in 2018 (April 2018 to March 2019). This is 95 times more than in 2017 (904 times), the second largest increase since measures were taken to violate airspace in 1958.
Among them, 638 emergency lifts were made to China, 138 more than in 2017, accounting for 64% of all missions. In December 2018, China Intelligence Collector flew twice between Okinawa Island and Miyagi Island to the vicinity of Tamei Island in Kagoshima Prefecture. Seven times through the Ma Strait, the highest record was set, and activities in the sea area were strengthened.
On April 10, 2018, a possible Chinese unmanned reconnaissance aircraft flew over the East China Sea on the north side of Diaoyu Island and the Japan Air Defense Identification Zone on the outer side of its airspace, but did not violate its airspace.
Japans Ministry of Defense pointed out that China will promote the modernization of aviation combat power, and the quality and quantity will be improved rapidly in an all-round way, emphasizing that comprehensive vigilance and surveillance will be carried out afterwards.
With the exception of China, there were 343 emergency liftoffs to Russia, 47 fewer than in 2017, but for the first time Russias most sophisticated Su-35 fighter aircraft were captured.
Source: Responsible Editor of Observer Network: Qian Mingxiao_NBJ10675