Hong Kong media: US military reconnaissance of China under the cover of civil aviation aircraft in the South China Sea puts airliner at risk

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 Hong Kong media: US military reconnaissance of China under the cover of civil aviation aircraft in the South China Sea puts airliner at risk


According to the South China Morning Post on August 12, a Chinese military source and several observers warned that the US Air Forces approach reconnaissance operation near the coast of China posed risks to airliners flying over the South China Sea. According to the report, a source close to the Chinese military told the South China Morning Post that the U.S. military has a number of reconnaissance aircraft based on commercial aircraft, which usually follow civil aircraft as cover when they approach Chinas airspace.

The air forces e-8c air ground surveillance aircraft operates at night

It is reported that the United States has intensified its reconnaissance activities near the southern coast of mainland China in recent weeks. According to the information released by the South China Sea strategic situation awareness program platform on August 5, an e-8c United satellite air ground surveillance aircraft of the US Air Force reappeared in the South China Sea at about 21:00 p.m. on August 5, it flew toward Guangdong, once flying to a position 59.27 nautical miles (about 109.77 kilometers) from the baseline of Guangdong coastal territorial sea. This is the first time in the near future that the US E-8C aircraft has reached the Chinese mainland coast at night.

The source said that the e-8c air to ground surveillance aircraft was initially identified as a commercial airliner by the air control radar system in southern Guangzhou, flying at an altitude of more than 9000 meters over the South China Sea. The source also said that the plane was not identified as a US military aircraft until it flew close to the coast of Guangdong Province. In the context of escalating tensions, such an approach could lead to accidents or miscalculations, the source said The use of civil aircraft as cover is a common means for the United States and Israel, but the South China Sea is one of the busiest international airspace in the world, which may put civil aircraft at risk.

E-8c United star aircraft interior

The report mentioned the accident of Iran mistakenly hitting a Ukrainian airliner on January 7 this year. On that night, a Ukrainian Boeing 737 was shot down by the Iranian army shortly after taking off from Tehran, killing all 176 passengers and crew members on board. Iran said the plane was mistaken for an enemy target in the case of human error. In addition, on September 1, 1983, a South Korean Boeing 747 airliner was intercepted and shot down by the Soviet Unions su-15 fighter plane on its way from New York to Seoul, killing all 269 passengers and crew members on board. The Soviet Union called the aircraft an invading US spy plane.

Colin, a researcher at Singapores Institute of defense and strategy, said that all military and civil air control departments use radars IFF signal to verify aircraft around the world. If military aircraft and civil aircraft keep enough distance, there is no need to worry about security issues. As the e-8c itself is a large aircraft, the crew will focus on safety in addition to completing the mission, Colin said

The U.S. Air Forces e-8c United star aircraft is an air ground surveillance aircraft. The aircraft, fully known as joint stars, is equipped with the most advanced airborne ground surveillance, target search and battlefield management system of the U.S. Army, which can be called the central nervous system of the United States Air Ground integrated combat. The aircraft can detect, identify and classify the ground targets outside the defense area, and transmit the data to the rear command post in real time. South China Sea strategic situation awareness plan platform said that the plane focuses on monitoring and developing the opponents ground radar system. Before this time, it intended to collect ground radar system data and possibly carry out electromagnetic suppression.

Hong Kong military expert song Zhongping said that the use of military reconnaissance aircraft platform based on civil aviation aircraft not only saves costs, but also helps to carry out reconnaissance missions. Almost all reconnaissance aircraft refitted from large airliners do not carry weapons, but they will collect valuable military intelligence and may pose a direct threat to the PLA, he said US aircraft operate in the South China Sea at night to detect the latest deployment of PLA Weapons and troops.

(function(){( window.slotbydup=window .slotbydup||[]).push({id:u5811557,container:ssp_ 5811557, async:true }Chinas Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying tweeted on August 6 condemning the US reconnaissance planes frequent activities in the South China Sea and even reaching the coast of Guangdong Province recently, saying that this was not related to the so-called freedom of navigation, but pure military provocation, military pressure and military coercion. Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry, said at a regular press conference on July 28 that according to public reports, in the first half of this year, US aircraft carried out more than 2000 activities in the South China Sea. Wang Wenbin also said that US aircraft had approached the South China Sea for 12 consecutive days from 15 to 28 this month. Li Jie, a military expert, previously said that the number of aircraft passing through is directly proportional to the degree of danger. The more aircraft sorties, the higher the risk, the greater the probability of collision. The 2000 sorties of U.S. military operations within half a year have undoubtedly undermined peace and stability in the South China Sea. Source: global network editor: Yao Wenguang_ NN1682

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying tweeted on August 6, condemning the recent frequent activities of US reconnaissance planes in the South China Sea and even reaching the coast of Guangdong for a time, saying that this was not related to the so-called freedom of navigation, but pure military provocation, military pressure and military coercion.

Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry, said at a regular press conference on July 28 that according to public reports, in the first half of this year, US aircraft carried out more than 2000 activities in the South China Sea. Wang Wenbin also said that US aircraft had approached the South China Sea for 12 consecutive days from 15 to 28 this month. Li Jie, a military expert, previously said that the number of aircraft passing through is directly proportional to the degree of danger. The more aircraft sorties, the higher the risk, the greater the probability of collision. The 2000 sorties of U.S. military operations within half a year have undoubtedly undermined peace and stability in the South China Sea.