Chinese, Russian Warplanes Buzz Korean Air Identification Zone

  • By Yu Yong-weon

    May 25, 2022 12:49

    Six Chinese and Russian warplanes on Tuesday buzzed Korea's air defense identification zone as Chinese warships entered the East Sea.

    The show of force came a day after Korea joined the anti-China Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) led by the U.S., while leaders of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or Quad, an informal anti-China alliance of the U.S., Japan, Australia and India, met in Tokyo.

    According to the Joint Chiefs of Staff here, two Chinese H-6 bombers entered Korea's identification zone without identifying themselves 126 km northwest of the submerged shelf of Ieo around 8 a.m. and exited again an hour and a half later.

    They then joined two Russian TU-95 bombers and two Sukhoi fighters north of the East Sea and reentered the zone together around 10 a.m. but exited east of Korea's easternmost islets of Dokdo around 10:15 a.m. 

    A Russian TU-95 bomber and Chinese H-6 bombers fly over the East China Sea in this handout picture from the Defense Ministry of Japan on Tuesday. /Reuters-Yonhap

    The air defense identification zone does is not territorial airspace and the zones of many countries overlap, but it is considered the international norm for any aircraft entering them to identify itself.

    Korea immediately scrambled F-15K and KF-16 fighter jets to warn the intruding planes.

    The JCS also detected four Chinese and two Russian warplanes outside the zone around 3:40 p.m.

    Meanwhile, two Chinese Jiangkai-II guided-missile frigates entered the East Sea through the Korea Strait the previous day and were still there on Tuesday afternoon. The Jiangkai-II is a new 4,000-ton, 134 m-long frigate armed with ship-to-ship, ship-to-air and ship-to-surface missiles.

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