Engines Of Australian P-8 MPA Ingest Chaffs Released by Chinese J-16 During “Very Dangerous” Intercept

P-8 J-16
A file picture of a RAAF P-8A Poseidon (Photo: Royal Australian Air Force). In package, a PLAAF J-16(Image credit: Chinese Military)

The Chinese fighter jet crossed the Poseidon’s trajectory while launching chaffs, a few of which where consumed by the engines. The occasion happened in worldwide airspace.

The Australian Ministry of Defence simply revealed that a Royal Australian Air Force P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft was associated with a hazardous obstruct by a People’s Liberation Army Air Force J-16 fighter jet on May 26,2022 The Poseidon was carrying out a regular maritime monitoring activity in global airspace over the South China Sea when the event occurred.

Defence Minister Richard Marles stated the fighter jet initially flew near to the side of the Poseidon and launched chaffs. “The J-16 then sped up and crossed the nose of the P-8, settling in front of the P-8 at really close range,” he included. While performing this maneuver, the J-16 launched “a package of chaff”, a few of which were consumed by the engines of the Poseidon. The P-8 had the ability to go back to base securely after the occurrence.

” The obstruct led to a hazardous manoeuvre which positioned a security risk to the P-8 airplane and its team. The Australian Government has actually raised its issues about the occurrence with the Chinese Government,” stated journalism declaration. “We were running totally within our rights and global law. Rather certainly this is extremely unsafe.”

FlightGlobal had the ability to offer some more information, pointing out that flight tracking information recommends the event happened far to the south of China and simply west of the Philippines. According to their information, the Australian P-8 included bears the registration A47-008 and was running from Clark Air Base in the Philippines, while it is possible the Chinese J-16 was running from among the air bases China has actually constructed on atolls in the South China Sea.

” The activity of the P-8 kind part of maritime security activity which has actually been carried out by Australia in the South China Sea for years– other nations do the exact same”, stated the Defence Minister. “I wish to make it likewise extremely clear that this event will not prevent Australia from continuing to participate in these activities, which are within our rights and global law, to guarantee that there is flexibility of navigation in the South China Sea since that is essentially in our country’s interest.”

File image of PLAAF J-16 fighter jets. (Photo: Chinese military)

Whatever, making use of chaff and flares is not normal in this sort of close encounters we observe rather regularly all around the world. As mentioned by RC-135airplane leader and nationwide security historian Robert Hopkins, using these countermeasures can trigger a physical damage to the obstructed airplane.

Chaff or flares. In any case they trigger physical damage varying from cosmetic to deadly.

This is not some” cowboy” misjudging a close pass however a deliberate physical attack on an aircraft in global airspace. https://t.co/SxvDn2veB3

— Robert Hopkins( @CobraBall3) June 5,2022

This occurrence comes couple of months after another event, throughout with a People Liberation Army Navy warship lit up with a laser a RAAF P-8. The ship, a Luyang-class assisted rocket destroyer, was cruising east through Australia’s Exclusive Economic Zone, in the Arafura Sea, in between the Northern Territory and Papua, in business with another PLA-N ship, a Yuzhao-class amphibious transportation dock.

It’s notable likewise the timing with another occurrence. A Canadian CP-140Aurora Maritime Patrol Aircraft was obstructed, likewise on May26, while flying a United Nations-sanctioned objective versus North Korea in global airspace. The Canadian airplane was obstructed several times in the month prior to this event, with pilots needing to rapidly navigate to increase separation and prevent a possible crash with the obstructing airplane.

The Canadian site Global News reported some more information: “Those jets are regularly flying as close as20 to100feet from the Canadian aircraft, sources state– so close that Canadian pilots can make eye contact with the Chinese pilots, and in some cases see them raising their middle fingers.”

The Canadian CP-140 Aurora has actually just recently participated in Operation Neon, part of UN efforts to keep an eye on sanctions versus North Korea and avoid the rogue country’s advancement of weapons of mass damage. The airplane was flown often by numerous turning teams released at Kadena Air Base, Japan, from April 26 to May 26, 2022.

Interestingly, while the Canadian Government acknowledged the event a couple of days later on, the Australian Government just acknowledged the information about the occurrence with public declarations as the information showed up to reporters through other sources and after that requested verification.

On Saturday the Australian DOD provided a composed public declaration acknowledging a harmful obstruct and after that today (ET time) recommendation there were flares released.

— Mercedes Stephenson (@MercedesGlobal) June 5, 2022

The 2 events took place as China is continuing to increase its existence in the Asia-Pacific area and especially in the South China Sea near Taiwan. A couple of days after these events, China made the 2nd biggest attack into Taiwan’s air defence recognition zone (ADIZ) this year, with apparently 30 jets going into the location. Considering that the start of the year, Taiwan has actually reported 465 attacks, with about a 50% boost compared to the very same duration in 2015.


Stefano D’Urso is an independent reporter and factor to TheAviationist based in Lecce, Italy. A graduate in Industral Engineering he’s likewise studying to attain a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering. Electronic Warfare, Loitering Munitions and OSINT strategies used to the world of military operations and present disputes are amongst his locations of proficiency.

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