China encroaches Taiwanese airspace: Record-breaking numbers of Chinese military planes probed Taiwan’s protected airspace over this weekend, prompting Taiwanese fighter jets to scramble and reinvigorating fears that China could ultimately use force to take possession of the island. The myriad of Chinese jets penetrated Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ)
The Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) is an area of airspace over land or water, in which the ready identification, location, and control of all aircraft (except Department of Defense and law enforcement aircraft) is required in the interest of national security.
The above image illustrating where the ADIZ is off the Houston coastline includes the FAA’s definition verbatim. This is an area where you don’t want to fly into unauthorized under any circumstances. If you have a legitimate reason to be intercepted by military aircraft (of the F-16 variety) and possibly shot down, fly into your local ADIZ boundary. If Russia, or China, or any other country wanted to put the United States on an emergent war footing, all they would have to do is encroach our ADIZ with military aircraft (one might do considering Russia has a single bomb that would level the largest city in the United States).
I wanted to convey just how serious the massive and unprecedented recent Chinese incursion into Taiwan’s ADIZ truly is. From some perspectives, this could be the beginnings of an act of war, if not instigation of the highest level. Below are some of the Chinese players:
52 PLA aircraft (J-16*34, SU-30*2 Y-8 ASW*2, KJ-500 AEW&C*2 and H-6*12) entered #Taiwan’s southwest ADIZ on October 4, 2021. Please check our official website for more information: https://t.co/2mC6UszTMB pic.twitter.com/WOtdFvJx8o— 國防部 Ministry of National Defense, R.O.C. 🇹🇼 (@MoNDefense) October 4, 2021
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