South Korea Scrambles Fighter Jets as Russian, Chinese Warplanes Breach Air Defense Zone
On Wednesday morning, South Korea's military ordered the pilots of F-15 fighter jets to immediately take off after two Chinese and six Russian warplanes entered its air defense identification zone (KADIZ) without warning.
For Context: Two Chinese F-6 bombers entered KADIZ for about an hour, before leaving and returning about five hours later with the Russian TU-95 bombers and SU-35 fighters. To prevent accidental incidents, an air defense identification zone acts as a buffer zone where countries require foreign aircraft to identify themselves. KADIZ is not considered to be part of South Korea's airspace, and the aircraft did not violate Seoul's territorial airspace. The incident comes just weeks after China expressed anger over the continuation of military exercises by the U.S. and South Korea.
Key Quotes: "Our military dispatched air force fighter jets ahead of the Chinese and Russian aircraft's entry of the KADIZ to implement tactical measures in preparation for a potential contingency," the South Korean Joint Chief of Staff said in a statement.
How the Media Covered it: The incident was covered by media across the political spectrum, with all sources noting that the Chinese and Russian aircraft, while crossing KADIZ, did not violate South Korea's airspace.
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From the RightSouth Korea scrambles jets as China, Russia warplanes enter air defense zone
South Korea’s military scrambled its jets after two Chinese and six Russian warplanes entered its air defense identification zone (KADIZ) without warning early Wednesday morning.
Two Chinese H-6 bombers first crossed the air defense zone shortly before 5:50 am and proceeded to repeatedly fly over the KADIZ boundaries off of South Korea’s southern and northeast coasts the Joint Chief of Staff said, according to Seoul based news outlet Yonhap.
After leaving South Korea’s KADIZ around 7 a.m., the two Chinese bombers returned some five hours later with Russian warplanes, including 4 TU-95 bombers and...
From the CenterSouth Korea scrambles jets as China, Russia warplanes enter air defence zone
South Korea's military said it scrambled fighter jets as two Chinese and six Russian warplanes entered its air defence zone on Wednesday.
The two Chinese H-6 bombers repeatedly entered and left the Korea Air Defence Identification Zone (KADIZ) off South Korea's southern and northeast coasts starting at around 5:50 a.m. (2050 GMT Tuesday), Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.
They re-entered the zone hours later from the Sea of Japan, known in South Korea as the East Sea, together with the Russian warplanes, including TU-95 bombers and SU-35 fighter...
From the LeftSouth Korea scrambles fighter jets as Chinese and Russian warplanes enter its air defence zone
South Korea said it used its fighter jets as a tactical measure after two Chinese and six Russian warplanes entered its air defence area on Wednesday.
South Korea’s joint chief of staff (JCS) said the Chinese H-6 bombers repeatedly entered and left the Korea Air Defence Identification Zone (KADIZ) off South Korea’s southern and northeast coasts starting around 5.50am, reported Reuters.
At 6.44am, the jets re-entered the zone from an area northeast of South Korea’s southern port city of Pohang and exited the zone at 7.07am, reported Yonhap.
At 12.18pm, six...