SEOUL: On Friday, without notice two Chinese and Seven Russian military aircraft hovered over South Korea’s Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ). In response, South Korea deployed warplanes said Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The joint chiefs of staff reported that in the KADIZ northeast of South Korea’s easternmost islets of Dokdo warplanes entered between 11:00 Am and 4:58 PM, without violating South Korea’s air territory.
As a “normal tactical step” against any contingency South Korean Military deployed F-15 and F-16 fighters along with a KC-330 tanker plane, told JCS.
Chinese authorities clarified the act as a part of “routine” exercise. South Korea confirmed the statement but asked for further analysis. This was the first time South Korea deployed a tanker in KADIZ related incident.
There has been a tiff between Russia and China over KADIZ. Moscow does not recognise KADIZ while Beijing considers it a non-territorial zone, free for movement.
In 2019, China and Russia were accused by Japan and South Korea of violating their airspace. This acquisition was denied by both of them.