Photos of Chinese Warplanes’ Regular Combat Patrol of South China SeaPosted: August 6, 2016
On August 6, Chinese air force announced that it organized various kinds of warplanes including H-6K bombers, Su-30 fighter jets, AEW&C aircraft, reconnaissance warplanes and aerial tankers to conduct combat patrol of the airspace near the island and reefs in the South China Sea, including Scarborough Shoal.
During the patrol, Su-30s had refueling two times in the patrol.
Air force spokesman Senior Colonel Shen Jinke says in making the announcement that the air force has normalized such combat patrol of the South China Sea to set up an integrated combat system of airspace control, shocking defense and attack, support, protection and safeguarding.
According to Shen, the warplanes from various airfields have conducted reconnaissance, early warning, confrontation air battle, patrol and other actions with priority in the application of the combat system in complicated electromagnetic environment.
Shen says that such patrols promote the real-war training of the air force to enhance its real-battle capabilities in dealing with various security threats.
Source: “Air force H-6Ks, Su-30a and other warplanes go to patrol the South China Sea” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)