Malaysian airspace is strained by dozens of Chinese fighter jets. Chinese fighter jets are known to have been detected heading into Malaysia’s national airspace before being intercepted.
Reported by Channel News Asia, Wednesday (2/6/2021), in a statement, the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) said it had identified 16 Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) aircraft that carried out suspicious flights in the space Malaysia’s maritime zone, Kota Kinabalu Flight Information Region (FIR) and approaching Malaysia’s national airspace on Monday (31/5).
The fighting iron bird was identified by the RMAF defense radar in Sarawak at 11.53 am local time. It said Chinese military planes approached Malaysian airspace in a “tactical formation” and flew within about 60 nautical miles of the coast.
“Airplanes in the formation use the same entry and exit points. The planes then change (direction), towards the Beting Patinggi Ali airspace which is important for the country,” the RMAF statement said.
PLAAF aircraft fly through the Singapore FIR before entering the Malaysian maritime zone airspace and the Kota Kinabalu FIR. It said Chinese planes approached within 60 nautical miles of the Sarawak coast, “threatening Malaysia’s sovereignty”.
A number of Hawk 208 fighter jets from squadron No. 6 placed RMAF on high alert.
“PLAF aircraft were placed under advanced radar surveillance and instructed to contact supervisors at the Kota Kinabalu FIR. When these instructions were not heeded and the PLAAF aircraft crossed the Kota Kinabalu FIR and headed for national airspace, the Malaysian Air Force rushed to intercept the jet at 13:33 to conduct visual identification,” RMAF said in a statement.
A protest note to the Chinese government will be issued by the Malaysian government. Then, what did China say about this incident?
The Chinese Embassy in Malaysia said the planes were conducting routine flight training.
“As far as I know, the reported activities are routine flight training of the Chinese Air Force and do not target any country,” said a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Kuala Lumpur as reported by Channel News Asia, Wednesday (2/6).
“As far as I know, the reported activities are routine flight training of the Chinese Air Force and do not target any country,” said a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Kuala Lumpur as reported by Channel News Asia, Wednesday (2/6/2021).
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