Sunday, April 28, 2013

40 Chinese Fighter Jets Buzzed Senkaku Islands

And the prime minister of Japan is doing cosplay on a tank.

Sankei Shinbun who reported the news doesn't say whether the Japanese airspace was breached.

From Sankei Shinbun (4/27/2013):


On April 23 when eight Chinese patrol ships entered the Japan's territorial water around Senkaku Islands (Ishigaki City, Okinawa Prefecture), there were more than 40 Chinese military planes including fighter jets flying near Senkaku, it has been revealed. Multiple government officials told [Sankei Shinbun] on April 26. The planes were mostly fighter jets including the latest Su27 and Su30. They came in incessant waves to wear out the Air Self Defense Force pilots. The government officials say "It was an unprecedented intimidation."


The national government thinks the Chinese military planes were in coordination with the patrol ships that violated the territorial water. The military planes may have been collecting information on the security measures by the Maritime Safety Agency and arrangement of the Maritime Self Defense Force's escort vessels and P3C patrol planes, and passing that information to the patrol ship, according to the government sources.


Eight patrol ships entered the territorial water near Senkaku Island from 7:23AM to 8:25AM on April 23. One of the ships came as close as 1 kilometer northwest off the Uotsuri Island. The eight ships departed from the territorial water by 7:30PM.


As the ships started to enter the territorial water, military planes including fighter jets started to arrive in the area near Senkaku. The planes approached the area around Senkaku one after another, and F15 fighter jets from the Air Self Defense Force at Naha Base (in Okinawa) responded each time with scramble. The total number of the Chinese military planes was more than 40.

Sukhoi-30, from Wikipedia:

F-15J Eagle (by Mitsubishi):

Well, what are you going to do now, Mr. Abe? Anything? There is absolutely no point in ramping up the rhetoric when there's no action.

(Oh I forgot. He's not reality-based. He just loves to play a tank commander in Makuhari Messe.)


Anonymous said...

When shit hits the fan he'll get a stomach ache eating curry.

Anonymous said...

According to Japan Times, who cites the Japanese Ministry of Defense, in 2012 there have been 306 scrambles against Chinese aircrafts and 248 against Russian (JT April 18th 2013).
Discovering that these scrambles are a daily business does not comfort me a lot though.


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