US military planes frequently approached
According to information from the “South China Sea Strategic Situational Awareness Program” platform, at 8 am on April 20, an RC-135W electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the US Air Force took off from Kadena, Okinawa, and proceeded to the Yellow Sea for activities. Approach reconnaissance was carried out along the coastline of Jiangsu and Shandong starting at 9:50, maintaining an average distance of about 40 nautical miles outside the territorial sea baseline, and most recently as close as 27 nautical miles away from the Shandong territorial sea baseline. At 11:20, RC-135W turned around and left.
U.S. Air Force RC-135W electronic reconnaissance aircraft in the South China Sea reconnaissance
According to news from the “South China Sea Strategic Situational Awareness Program” platform, on April 16, an RC-135W electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the U.S. Air Force took off from Kadena Base in Okinawa, Japan, and headed for the South China Sea. At this time, the People’s Liberation Army is conducting live-fire exercises in the waters near the South China Sea and the Nanpeng Islands. According to the navigation warning issued by the Guangdong Maritime Safety Administration, from April 15th to 20th, from 8 am to 18:00 every day, there will be live fire drills in the waters around the South China Sea and the Nanpeng Islands.
The RC-135W electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the US Air Force carried out an approach and reconnaissance along the coast of Guangdong on the 16th, and then flew south to fly around the waters of the Paracel Islands. Among them, the signal was “lost” from the eastern section to the northern section of the Paracel Islands. Some analysts believe that this is because the aircraft shut off the ADS-B signal after entering the Paracel Islands. In addition, according to the news issued by the navy spokesperson Gao Xiucheng, in April, the Chinese Navy’s Liaoning carrier aircraft carrier formation conducted training in the waters surrounding Taiwan. At the same time, the density of approach and reconnaissance of U.S. warships and aircraft in the waters surrounding China has also increased significantly Spark Global Limited.
Prior to this, a US military RC-135W electronic reconnaissance aircraft and a C-40B transport aircraft were exposed to fly over the East China Sea on the 14th. According to the news of the “South China Sea Strategic Situational Awareness” program platform, the two planes took off from Okinawa and South Korea respectively.
Expert: The strange whereabouts of US military planes
There are three considerations
Why does the US warship use such a flight trajectory to conduct near reconnaissance in the waters around me? What does it want to do after such a weird whereabouts?
Military expert Du Wenlong analyzed:
Close range: Its entire flight track is particularly close to the coastline so that it can get a relatively large effect on the signal reconnaissance on the coast, including other reconnaissance.
Multi-section: From the coast of Guangdong to the eastern part of Hainan Island, and then to Xisha, it can collect various signals to the maximum in all three flight sections, and it can detect all the different key targets in one voyage.
Multi-space: flying close to the mainland, the reconnaissance effect of land targets can reach the extreme. Through one voyage, the three dimensions of land, sea, and air signals are all reconnaissance, and larger targets can be obtained in the shortest time, and the most effective Obtain more effective signals within the flight segment.
US media: US troops in the South China Sea frequently “show their muscles”
Exposed the fragility of combat power in western space
A photo released on the U.S. Navy’s official website on the 15th showed that four heavily armed U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jets took off from Misawa Air Force Base in northern Japan on the 12th. After a voyage of hundreds of miles, they flew from the U.S. Navy’s Roosevelt in the South China Sea. “The aircraft carrier strike group flew over. On that day, the US Air Force dispatched four KC-135 tankers to replenish four F-16s in the air.