Focus Taiwan reported that the aircraft involved in the exercise included the Xian H-6K bomber, Sukhoi Su-35 and Shenyang J-11 fighters, the Shaanxi Y-8 transport plane, Kj-2000 early warning aircraft and Tupolev Tu-154 electronic surveillance aircraft. It’s unclear how many of the aforementioned aircraft were used during the drill.
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry noted that this was the first time China’s Su-35 fighters and H-6K bombers had flown through the Bashi Channel, which separates Taiwan from the Philippines.
Responding to the drills, Taiwan’s Air Force deployed its Indigenous Defense Fighter and F-16 jets to track and monitor Chinese maneuvers “to ensure defense security.”
Speaking to the Global Times, Song Zhongping, a Chinese military expert, said the drill proved that “China’s Su-35 fighter jets are combat-ready.”
“With a stronger command and strike capability, the Su-35’s participation provides a stronger deterrence to ‘Taiwan independence’ forces,” Song added.
In a statement posted to its official microblog, the PLA-Air Force noted that bombers and surveillance aircraft flew in opposite directions around Taiwan as a means of displaying “a new upgrade in combat capabilities,” Business Insider reported.
According to Focus Taiwan, the statement added that the Chinese Air Force…