The Australian Division of Defence has launched a press assertion on June 5 saying {that a} Chinese language Individuals’s Liberation Military Air Power (PLAAF) Shenyang J-16 fighter carried out a harmful maneuver to a Royal Australian Air Power (RAAF) P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol plane in South China Sea area on 26 Might 2022. The Australian Division of Defencehas for many years undertaken maritime surveillance actions within the area and does so in accordance with worldwide regulation, exercising the suitable to freedom of navigation and overflight in worldwide waters and airspace.

Media studies in Australia offered extra particulars on the incident. The intercept throughout a routine maritime surveillance exercise in worldwide airspace which posed a security risk to the P-8 plane and its crew. The fighter first method the facet of the P-8 and launch flares. It then minimize throughout the nostril of the P-8 and launch chaff. Some chaff had been sucked into the engines of the P-8. The Australian Authorities has raised its issues concerning the incident with the Chinese language Authorities.


Individuals’s Liberation Military (PLA) Shenyang J-16 fighter jets

The Shenyang J-16 is a Chinese language tandem-seat, twinjet, multirole strike fighter developed from the Shenyang J-11 (itself derived from the Sukhoi Su-27) and constructed by Shenyang Plane Company. It’s operated by the Individuals’s Liberation Military Air Power (PLAAF). The J-16 is provided with an AESA radar and is powered by two Chinese language Shenyang WS-10A turbofan engines. Weight is diminished by higher use of composite supplies. J-16 models have acquired radar-absorbent paint to cut back its radar signature, and improve its Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) functionality along side digital help measure pods.

The P-8A Poseidon is a contemporary, potent and extremely dependable plane based mostly on the commercially-proven Boeing B737-800; modified to include the newest maritime surveillance and assault capabilities. On 21 February 2014, the Australian Authorities authorised the acquisition of eight P-8A Poseidon plane. The acquisition of a further 4 plane was authorised in March 2016. Supply of those plane was accomplished in November 2019 and in December 2020, the acquisition of an extra two plane was authorised, bringing the full pressure to 14 plane. Operated by Royal Australian Air Power No. 11 and No. 292 Squadrons based mostly at RAAF Base Edinburgh.