The U.S. Air Force’s E-8C air-to-ground surveillance aircraft was exposed to the South China Sea on the night of August 5, flying to a position about 100 kilometers from the coast of Guangdong. This is the first time that a U.S. E-8C aircraft has been spotted near the coast of mainland China at night.
According to the news released by the "South China Sea Strategic Situational Awareness Program" platform on August 5, at about 21:00 on the evening of August 5, an E-8C "Joint Star" air-to-ground surveillance aircraft of the US Air Force once again appeared in the South China Sea and flew towards Guangdong. , Once flew to a position 59.27 nautical miles (about 109.77 kilometers) from the baseline of the territorial sea off the coast of Guangdong.
The flight route of the U.S. E-8C aircraft on the night of August 5 announced by the "South China Sea Strategic Situational Awareness Program" platform
According to the "South China Sea Strategic Situational Awareness Program" platform, this is the first time a U.S. E-8C aircraft has been spotted at night to carry out flight and reconnaissance activities near the coast of Guangdong. In the past July, a total of seven E-8C aircraft have appeared in the South China Sea to carry out reconnaissance on Guangdong Province. The "South China Sea Strategic Situational Awareness Program" platform also stated that on the morning of August 5, a US P-8A anti-submarine patrol aircraft also appeared in the airspace near the Bashi Channel, flying in the direction of the South China Sea.
The E-8C "Union Star" aircraft equipped by the US Air Force is an air-to-ground surveillance aircraft. The full name of this model is the "Joint STARS" (JointSTARS). It is equipped with the most advanced airborne ground surveillance, target search and battlefield management system of the US military. It can be called the "central nerve" of the US military's air-ground integrated operations. The aircraft can detect, identify, and classify ground targets outside the defense zone, and transmit the data to the rear command post in real time. The "South China Sea Strategic Situational Awareness Program" platform stated that the aircraft focused on monitoring and developing the opponent's ground radar system. The purpose of this visit is to collect ground radar system data and possibly carry out electromagnetic suppression.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at a regular press conference on July 28 that according to public reports, in the first half of this year, US military planes operated in the South China Sea more than 2,000 times. Wang Wenbin also stated that from the 15th to the 28th of this month, US military planes have arrived in the South China Sea for reconnaissance for 12 consecutive days. Military expert Li Jie previously stated that the number of aircraft in transit is directly proportional to the degree of danger. The more the number of aircraft sorts, the higher the degree of danger, and the probability of collisions greatly increases. The US military’s 2,000 sorties within half a year have undoubtedly destroyed. Peace and stability in the South China Sea.
Regarding the approaching reconnaissance behavior of US warships and planes, Chinese military expert Song Zhongping once said that the PLA can adopt approaching interception methods to interfere with the approaching reconnaissance U.S. military planes, so that the other side cannot concentrate on their work. On the other hand, when the other party's reconnaissance aircraft approaches the relevant airspace of our country, the PLA can also suspend some military activities to reduce the probability of intercepting electromagnetic spectrum signals.
Earlier reports: U.S. military aircraft had more than 2,000 activities in the South China Sea in the first half of the year! A key rule between China and the United States is urgent!
Source: World Wide Web/Xu Luming