In a first, Taiwan’s missile systems track PLA fighter jets

  • Island admits using systems to tail mainland aircraft but do not say which ones were involved
  • Tactic could be used again but is more of a warning than a threat to targeted planes, analyst says

South China Morning Post
Date: 11 Aug, 2020
By: Liu Zhen

Taiwan for the first time tracked People’s Liberation Army fighters with surface-to-air missile radars on Monday, a tactic that could become more common in the future, an observer said.

The Taiwanese defence ministry said it used the systems to tail and expel the PLA J-10 and J-11 fighter jets, which crossed the “median line” of the Taiwan Strait – the unofficial airspace boundary between the island and the mainland.The incident came as 

US Health Secretary Alex Azar started his landmark trip to Taiwan.

It is the first time the Taiwanese military has admitted using the ground-based anti-aircraft missiles during an interception.    [FULL  STORY]

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