Chinese bombers skirt Japanese islands. And get intercepted by F-15 fighter jets.

On Sept. 8, two Chinese H-6 bombers, reportedly PLAN (People Liberation Army Navy) H-6Gs, flew in international airspace between the Miyako and Okinawa before returning to the East China Sea.

Even if the two bombers flew 300 km off the coast of Okinawa, the Japan Air Self Defense Force scrambled some F-15 fighter jets from Naha, to intercept and escort the Chinese aircraft.

Earlier this year, in July, a Chinese plane flew through the Nansei Islands, the chain of islands extending between Kyushu and Taiwan in southwest Japan.
Recently, Japan accused Russia for an alleged violation of Tokyo’s airspace by Russian Air Force Tu-95 bombers.

Image credit: Japanese MoD


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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.