Expert: Chinese air force able to cope with two high sea operations simultaneously


China Military
Huang Panyue


BEIJING, Nov. 29 (ChinaMil) -- Warplanes of the Chinese PLA Air Force flew over the Bashi Channel and Miyako Strait to the Western Pacific Ocean for open-sea training on Nov. 25, said Senior Colonel Shen Jinke, spokesperson of the PLA Air Force on Saturday.


Shen added that multiple types of warplanes participating in the open-sea training flew over the Bashi Channel and Miyako Strait at the same time, with the established training objectives achieved.


Shen said that the PLA Air Force will continue to organize such routine open-sea training in a bid to further enhance and explore the open-sea operational capabilities of its aviation troops, so as to safeguard national sovereignty, security and peaceful development.


It is the first time for the PLA Air Force aircrafts to fly over the Bashi Channel and Miyako Strait at the same time, which is different from the previous six open sea trainings in the Western Pacific Ocean, according to media reports.


"It is indeed a significant challenge for the PLA Air Force to fly across different straits at the same time," said Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo, head of an information expert consultation committee of the PLA Navy.


Even if our warplanes take off from the nearest military airport, they need to fly nearly 1,000 kilometers to reach the Bashi Channel, Yin Zhuo continued.


In view of the very complex climate and sea conditions en route, successful flying over the Bashi Channel and Miyako Strait, conducting training in the airspace beyond the straits and then returning safely indicates that the Chinese PLA Air Force has remarkably elevated its high-sea combat capabilities and is capable of responding to operational needs in two different directions, he noted.


"Even if emergencies appear in the East China Sea and South China Sea at the same time, the Chinese Air Force has the ability to deal with them," added Yin Zhuo.


To respond to future wars, the PLA's open sea training will develop along the direction of integrated joint operations of different arms and services, it is a combat-oriented training, Yin said.




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