A Chinese military has flown two Shaanxi Y-8 Electronic Warfare aircraft over international waters near Taiwan today.
The flight path of the Y-8 aircraft as over the Western Pacific Ocean, through the Miyako Strait between Japan’s Miyako and Okinawa islands, and into the East China Sea east of Taiwan.
In recent months, several Chinese military planes, including Xian H-6K long-range bombers, have been spotted on similar routes.
On July 20, Taiwan scrambled fighter jets as a squadron of eight H-6K bombers and Y-8 aircraft flew past its east and west coasts but remained in international waters. Again on July 25, an H-6k bomber flew close to Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ), passing through the Bashi Channel and the Miyako Strait before returning to China airspace, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said.
China has alsp previously flown six Xian H-6 bombers over the area between Okinawa and the Miyako Islands, prompting Japan to scramble fighter jets in response.
About Shaanxi Y-8EW:
The Shaanxi Y-8EW is an Electronic Warfare capable aircraft operated by the Chinese People’s Liberaion Army (PLA) Air Force.
The aircraft is based on the Shaanxi Y-8 which is reverse-engineered copy of Soviet era Antonov An-12 medium range transport aircraft in which locally-made surveillance equipment has been installed.
Although the An-12 is no longer made in Ukraine, the Chinese Y-8 continues to be upgraded and produced. An estimated 169 Y-8 aircraft had been built by 2010.