It is reported that a The Shenyang J-16 fighter dropped decoys when in front of the P-8A Poseidon, an intercept normally done to blind and confuse enemy forces’ radars.
An Australian maritime patrol aircraft P -8A Poseidon was damaged after a Chinese Shenyang J-16 fighter made a “dangerous maneuver” over the disputed South China Sea, reported the Department of Defense of the oceanic country.
According to the statement issued last Sunday, the incident occurred on May 26 when the P-8A was operating over the international waters of the region.
According to information collected by The Drive, the P-8A Poseidon was was next to the Chinese plane when it launched infrared countermeasures. The fighter reportedly got in front of the patrol plane before releasing decoys, which are normally used to blind and confuse enemy aircraft radars and ground and sea air defenses, as well as guided missiles, creating a false image of multiple targets on radar screens.
“The interception resulted in a dangerous maneuver involving a threat to the safety of the P-8 aircraft and its crew,” reads the statement.
The Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, also stated that the action by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army pilot was “unsafe” and confirmed that a formal complaint had been filed with Beijing , reports The Drive .
The Australian Department of Defense, in turn, stressed that “for decades it has carried out activities maritime surveillance operations in the region” and that “it does so in accordance with international law”.
The Chinese Government, which has not yet commented on the incident, makes important sovereignty claims over much of the South China Sea and its resources, and has significantly expanded its military presence in the area in recent years.