Taiwan sends planes, broadcasts warnings, deploys anti-aircraft missiles, and monitors PLA planes.
Five Chinese military aircraft entered the Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday (March 8), the fourth incursion this month.
Four People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Shenyang J-16 fighter jets and a Shaanxi Yun-8 electronic warfare aircraft flew into the southwest corner of Taiwan’s air defense identification zone, according to the Ministry of National Defense. In response, Taiwan dispatched aircraft, issued radio warnings and deployed anti-aircraft missile systems to track the PLAAF aircraft.
The DMZ is an area that extends beyond a country’s airspace, and air traffic controllers require incoming aircraft to identify themselves.
So far this month, 15 Chinese military aircraft have been tracked in Taiwan’s identification zone, including nine fighter jets, four reconnaissance aircraft and two helicopters.
Since September 2020, China has increased its use of gray zone tactics, frequently sending aircraft into Taiwan’s ADIZ, with most occurring in the southwest corner. According to MND, in 2021, Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan’s ADIZ 961 times in 239 days.
Gray zone tactics are defined as “an effort or series of efforts that go beyond steady-state deterrence and reassurance to attempt to achieve one’s security objectives without resorting to direct and significant use of force.”