A Chinese J-16 fighter jet not only buzzed an Australian P-8 recon plane, it fired flares and chaff that entered one of its engines!
Chinese J-16 Fighter Fired Flares, Chaff At Australian Plane!
On 5 June 2022, Australian Defense Minister Richard Marles announced that a Chinese J-16 fighter jet put the crew of an Australian P-8 reconnaissance plane at risk during a recent mid-air intercept on 26 May.
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P-8 Poseidon was in the South China Sea conducting “routine maritime surveillance” activities in international waters when it was intercepted by a Chinese Shenyang J-16 fighter.
This time though, the J-16 pilot recklessly cut across the Australian recon plane’s flight path at close proximity, and fired flares and chaff.
Some of the chaff – usually aluminium foil or aluminium-coated glass fibres – were ingested by one of the Australian P-8 aircraft’s engines, potentially damaging it.
This was apparently done to forcibly end the recon aircraft’s patrol. Any potential damage to one of the engines would force the crew to return to base, even though the Boeing P-8 Poseidon can operate on a single engine.
What occurred was that the J-16 aircraft flew very close to the side of the P-8 maritime surveillance aircraft. In flying close to the side, it released flares.
The J-16 then accelerated and cut across the nose of the P-8, settling in front of the P-8 at a very close distance.
At that moment it then released a bundle of chaff, which contains small pieces of aluminum, some of which were ingested into the engine of the P-8 aircraft. Quite obviously, this is very dangerous.
The Australian Defense Ministry described the incident as “a dangerous maneuver which posed a safety threat to the P-8 aircraft and its crew”.
Chinese Justified J-16 Firing Flares, Chaff At Australian P-8…
In a statement released on 7 June 2022, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Tan Kefei justified the J-16’s dangerous intercept by accusing the Australian P-8 aircraft of “approaching Chinese airspace” close to the Paracel Islands.
The Paracel Islands, which the Chinese call “Xisha Islands”, is a disputed archipelago in the South China Sea claimed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan.
While the Vietnamese were in control of the Paracel Islands since 1947, they were taken over by China after the Battle of the Paracel Islands in January 1974.
He also claimed that the Chinese pilot behaved in a “professional, safe, reasonable and lawful way“.
On May 26, an Australian P-8 anti-submarine patrol aircraft conducted close reconnaissance in the neighboring airspace of China’s Xisha Islands and approached the airspace continuously despite repeated warnings from the Chinese side.
The People’s Liberation Army’s Southern Theater Command mobilized naval and air forces to identify the craft and warned it off.
The Chinese military responded in a professional, safe, reasonable and lawful way.
Militaries from other countries should take note of what the Chinese government considers as “professional, safe, reasonable and lawful” conduct, and return the favour.
Perhaps once a Chinese jet or two have ingested chaff into their engines, they will reconsider such “professional, safe, reasonable and lawful” intercepts.
This was also the second time in the same week Chinese aircraft have aggressively intercepted reconnaissance aircraft from other countries.
Just a day earlier, the Canadian government revealed that Chinese fighters repeatedly “buzzed” Canadian CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft that were monitoring North Korea to enforce United Nations sanctions under Operation NEON.
The Chinese fighters flew so close, their pilots were “very clearly visible”, and the Canadian aircrews had to change course to avoid collisions. Canadian Armed Forces media relations chief Dan Le Bouthillie said :
In these interactions, PLAAF (People’s Liberation Army Air Force) aircraft did not adhere to international air safety norm.
These interactions are unprofessional and/or put the safety of our RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force) personnel at risk.
The Chinese naturally claimed that their national security was endangered by the Canadian aircraft’s monitoring of a completely different country… Chinese Defense Ministry spokesperson Wu Qian said :
Recently, under the pretext of enforcing UN Security Council resolutions, Canadian warplanes have intensified close-in reconnaissance of China and acted provocatively, endangering Chinese national security and the safety of frontline personnel from both sides.
China urges Canada to face up to the seriousness of the situation, strictly control its frontline troops, and stop taking any risky and provocative actions; otherwise, Canada will have to take all responsibilities for any serious consequences from such actions.
In short, it’s never China’s fault, and everyone is always provoking them. Tut tut….
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Was the US Navy forced to withdraw from the South China Sea after Chinese jamming attacks on their planes?
Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are…
Claim : US Navy Withdraws After Chinese Jamming Attacks!
This was the Chinese article that went viral after the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao) and netizens promoted it excitedly in July 2020, and again in 2022.
It was allegedly translated into English by Hong Kong-based analyst, Thomas Wing Polin, whose translation was widely circulated on social media
It was this English translation that went viral again social media, after tensions rose between the US and China over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The post is very long, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts…
Just now, the U.S. fighter plane flew over the South China Sea again. Unexpectedly, it lost control halfway, and the U.S. finally admitted one thing.
Just now, the US CNBC website reported that several US Growler electronic warplanes were mysteriously attacked when they flew to the South China Sea again.
These warplanes were all out of control midway, but these warplanes were out of control for only a few seconds. Then the US military ordered the request. All fighters over the South China Sea withdrew.
In this regard, the United States was at a loss as to why this happened. Finally, they mobilized reconnaissance satellites to discover that many electronic jamming devices appeared on the islands and reefs in the South China Sea.
It was these devices that caused the short-term loss of control of the U.S. fighter planes. According to the pilots, when they were attacked electronically, all the instruments in the cabin were chaotic.
The fighter planes were completely out of control and could not communicate with the outside world, but they did not know what happened.
After the accident, the United States negotiated with my country, demanding that my country dismantle the electronic equipment immediately, but it was rejected.
These electronic devices are an important part of my country’s maritime defense and are not offensive weapons. Therefore, the US military’s request for dismantling is unreasonable.
So why does this electronic device make the United States so afraid? First of all, it is an electronic jamming device that can cut off the enemy’s radio system. The attacked fighter will be out of control. Since it cannot be controlled, these fighters will soon crash.
The second is that its attack method is unpredictable. Compared with conventional air defense missiles, electronic jamming systems are more concealed. Because its attack method interferes with the radio, enemy fighter planes are often hit inadvertently.
At the same time, this type of attack is almost impossible to intercept. That’s why the US military asks my country to dismantle these weapons.
On the same day, Swift, the former commander of the US Pacific, finally admitted that the US military had lost the best time to control the South China Sea. He believes that China has deployed a large number of Hongqi 9 air defense missiles, H6K fighter jets, and electronic jamming systems on islands and reefs. The defense can be said to be solid. If US fighter jets rush into the South China Sea, they are likely to encounter “Waterloo.”
In fact, since the construction of China’s island and reef defense began, the living space of US military fighters and warships has been shrinking. If China continues to develop like this, the United States will not have any chance of winning.
Whether it is islands or reefs or electronic jamming systems, these are part of our national defense system. According to the US military, my country’s electronic jamming system has covered more than half of the South China Sea. It can be seen from this that American fighters must be careful when entering the South China Sea.
US Navy Withdraws After Jamming : Just A Chinese Fantasy
That Chinese article was given some legitimacy after it was posted in Asia Times by Pepe Escobar.
However, it is COMPLETELY BOGUS, and is yet another example of Chinese propaganda warfare. Here are the facts…
Fact #1 : There Is No Such CNBC Report
A quick check on any search engine will show that CNBC never published a report on US Growler planes being attacked by Chinese jamming.
Fact #2 : No US Growler Planes Ever Lost Control From Chinese Jamming
No US EA-18G Growler planes ever lost control to Chinese jamming.
The Americans first detected Chinese jamming during USS Theodore Roosevelt’s deployment to the Philippines in 2018.
One EA-18G Growler pilot confirmed it in an interview with GMA News Online, but pointed out that they were not in danger :
The mere fact that some of your equipment is not working is already an indication that someone is trying to jam you. And so we have an answer to that.
A EA-18G Growler, XE 573 166857 of the VX-9 “Vampires” cruises over the desert during a mission. Shot 3/11/2009. RMS 227040
Fact #3 : EA-18G Growler Is An Electronics Warfare Aircraft
The Boeing EA-18G Growler is a two-seat electronics warfare aircraft, designed to jam enemy radar and electronics.
While the Growler is still vulnerable to powerful ground jamming, it is the worst aircraft for the Chinese to attack electronically because it’s the American aircraft most able to defend against, and respond to, a jamming attack.
Hence, the pilot’s response – “We have an answer to [Chinese jamming]“.
Fitted with a multitude of jamming pods and electronics, its electronics warfare officer can counter-jam Chinese radar and communications in the area.
And if they are ever in real danger, the pilot can fire an AGM-88 HARM (High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile) to destroy the Chinese jammer.
But perhaps that’s also the reason why the Chinese chose to attack the EA-18G Growler in 2018 – it was the aircraft best able to withstand such an attack.
Fact #4 : It Is Illegal To Jam Any Aircraft In International Airspace
China has the right to jam foreign military aircraft entering its airspace without permission, but the Chinese do not have the right to jam any aircraft, military or civilian, flying in international airspace.
While a jamming attack is not an act of war like firing a missile or shooting shells at the aircraft, it is still a hostile, provocative act that could result in the loss of aircraft and aircrew.
Needless to say – it is illegal for for anyone to electronically interfere with aircraft flying in international space, even if they are EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft.
No nation that claims to be peaceful would behave so recklessly.
Fact #5 : China Pledged Not To Militarise The Spratlys
Back in 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping declared that China has no intention to militarise the Spratly islands :
Relevant construction activity that China is undertaking in the Nansha Islands does not target or impact any country and there is no intention to militarise.
President Xi Jinping also reiterated that China is “committed to freedom of navigation in the sea” and to “resolving disputes through dialogue“.
The presence of military jamming equipment in 2018 though would suggest that President Xi was lying, or has no control of what really goes on in the South China Sea.
It doesn’t help that the writer specifically pointed out how China has militarised those islands :
Since the construction of China’s island and reef defense began, the living space of US military fighters and warships has been shrinking. If China continues to develop like this, the United States will not have any chance of winning.
Fact #6 : Jammers Are Offensive Weapons
The claim that electronic jammers are defensive weapons is nonsensical. Electronic jamming is an offensive capability.
Imagine if your neighbour uses an electronic jammer to disrupt your Wi-Fi network, claiming that he has the right to defend his own Wi-Fi network. Which court in the world would agree with him?
The Chinese author of that fantasy piece actually debunked his own claim that jammers are defensive weapons, noting that “it is an electronic jamming device that can cut off the enemy’s radio system. The attacked fighter will be out of control. Since it cannot be controlled, these fighters will soon crash.”
Does that sound like a defensive weapon to you? Serious lack of logic and common sense.
Russian Krasukha ground jamming system
Fact #7 : Electronic Jammers Do Not Affect Flight Controls
While electronic jammers can suppress or disrupt radar and communications, they cannot render an aircraft uncontrollable.
Airplanes will not crash simply because they lose radar and communications. Planes that lose radar and communications can still fly…
So the claim that Chinese jammers caused the Growler planes to almost crash is ludicrous.
Fact #8 : Chinese Jammers Do Not Cover Half The South China Sea
While the writer claims that the US military acknowledged that China’s electronic jamming system has covered more than half of the South China Sea, this is yet another fantasy.
The Chinese only deployed military jamming equipment to several artificial islands they created on Mischief Reef and Fiery Cross.
And as powerful as ground-based jamming can be, their effectiveness is greatly reduced by range. That’s why China introduced their Xi’an H-6G airborne jamming aircraft in 2018.
These long-range jamming aircraft would not be necessary if China is already capable of jamming electronics across such a vast distance.
Xian H-6G jamming bomber
Fact #9 : The United States Did Not Withdraw
The United States did not withdraw from the South China Sea in July 2020, as claimed by the article.
In fact, they sent two aircraft carriers – USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan – together with their battle groups into the South China Sea just before the Chinese article was published.
It was the first time two carrier groups operated together in the South China Sea since 2009. The third US carrier – USS Theodore Roosevelt – was also nearby, in the Philippine Sea.
The US Navy Chief of Information left no doubt that the two carriers were there to assert that the South China Sea are international waters, not Chinese waters.
Not did it withdraw in April 2021 when the same article went viral again.
In April 2021, the US Navy posted this famous photo of the captain and executive officer of USS Mustin (DDG-89) – an Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyer watching the Liaoning carrier group in the Philippine Sea.
The photo left no doubt that the US Navy was not going anywhere, and would shadow Chinese naval forces wherever they are in the South China Sea… and beyond.
Neither did they withdraw in 2022 when the same fake story went viral again.
On 20 January 2022, USS Benfold – an Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyer – conducted a Freedom of Navigation operation by sailing past the Paracel Islands (which the Chinese call Xisha Islands).
On 24 January 2022, two US aircraft carrier groups led by USS Carl Vinson and USS Abraham Lincoln entered the South China Sea for training exercises.
This fake story appears to be part of the disinformation campaign conducted by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛).
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Was the US nuclear submarine, USS Connecticut, attacked and damaged by Chinese planes?
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!
Claim : US Nuclear Submarine Was Damaged By Chinese Planes!
There have been several blogs claiming that the US nuclear submarine, USS Connecticut, was actually attacked and damaged by Chinese planes.
Here is an example that is being eagerly shared on WhatsApp. It’s really long, so just skip to next section for the facts…
Dear Good People, (MP) This is the real story behind USA nuclear submarine incidence near to China’s Paracel Islands. The nuclear sub was tracked and China jammed all its electronic system. The submarine moved aimlessly and hit by China’s submarine trap wall. The nuclear submarine was damaged and know no direction. It has to emerge to China satisfaction. China of course, knew USA has learned a lesson. Next time, in a real war, the nuclear sub would be sunk….
Only a handful of geopolitical gbstrategic analysts have fully understood the significance of the damage and humiliation suffered by the Pentagon, the US Navy and the British Empire Dreamers, when it was belatedly reported by the Pentagon that the USS NUCLEAR ATTACK SUBMARINE, USS Connecticut limped home, and rendered totally useless, after the disastrous attempt to provoke China into a War.
Every news report by global MSM, including RT, got it wrong for reasons which I will explain later.
1) War Games may not be war games per se. China was deploying intensified war games since the British War mongering bastards sent aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth II to the South China Sea. War Games continued. China did not fell for the diversion, for in the event of an open warfare, that big tinpot junk would have been rendered unfit and useless when her entire battle systems would be destroyed by electronic measures etc.
Beneath the seas, the Yankee bastards were using attack submarines for the real stuff, inter-alia to destroy and or hamper the strategic naval base of China’s nuclear submarines in the Hainan Island.
But, it was not the Pearl Harbour that could be destroyed by Japanese war machine. US got it all wrong.
The US submarine did not, repeat did not hit any objects (ridiculously announced as hitting fallen cargo containers etc). Only ARSEHOLES would believe such a tale).
It was attacked! The submarine tried to avoid detection by remaining submerged. China sent out waves of attack aircraft to hunt for the submarine (but portrayed by the West as a simulated war game for an invasion of Taiwan). Utter rubbish. In all, and over several days, more than a hundred planes dominated the sky over the “specific area/theatre” of the South China Sea.
It would have been a naval suicide if the submarine remained submerged. There was a mutiny and it resulted in injury,to at least 15 naval personnel. Finally, the submarine was forced to surface in total humiliation and “limped Home” when nuclear submarines can remained submerged for months, if not damaged. Read that sentence again. That Yankee bastard submarine had to surface which means the entire battle systems were screwed, rendered unfit for battle.A major disaster. USA war machine Kow Towed.
Digression. BIDEN is not suffering dementia, alzheimers etc and or incoherent. Only idiots believe that crap. Biden is very sane and is merely acting, to adopt the posture of a disorientated leader to confuse and mislead US enemies to surrender because Biden is mad enough to start a nuclear war.
This the “Madman Leader” strategy made famous by former President Nixon.
Two giveaways. 1) Putin after Summit with Biden says Biden is not what has been portrayed by MSM. 2) General Milley, Chairman of Joint Chiefs’ statement about Trump. It’s all propaganda. In this type of theatrics, Biden is worst than Trump, but General Miley was cool as cucumber.
This is all part of the Fog of War propaganda.
China cleverly did not humiliate USA by exposing the truth. The seas surrounding Hainan Island are so heavily protected and secured, that only the Chinese military knows how to navigate the secured sea lanes, as commercial ships sail along in well known international sea routes. They cannot deviate. Same with commercial airlines flying all over the world. Deviate, and the planes get shot down. Period!
The high security areas are heavily mined with assortment of weapons etc. A nuclear attack submarine has the most sophisticated radars and tracking systems yet, you are told that it hit a container of cargo. BULLSHIT!
USS Connecticut got f… kED because all its system was jammed and rendered useless. It was sailing blind. The crew were scared SHIT once they discovered they were stark naked and would be buried alive in a Nuclear submarine coffin. Only way is to surface. The Commander refused. Mutiny started. No choice but to surface in total humiliation.
End of the summary of my analysis of a major naval defeat of USA in South China Seas.
For those who want the details, here are the reasons why this is just Chinese propaganda / fake news.
Fact #1 : USS Connecticut Is Super Hard To Detect
The USS Connecticut is a Seawolf-class submarine, which is noted for being extremely quiet and hard to detect.
Thanks to a slew of advanced noise suppression design features and technologies, including pump jet propulsion, it has an operational noise level of only 95 decibels – just 5 decibels above the background ocean noise.
That’s why the United States uses one of the Seawolf submarines – the USS Jimmy Carter – to conduct clandestine missions.
It would be a major feat to detect the USS Connecticut underwater, much less track it. Unless the writer can back up his/her claim, it is hogwash.
Fact #2 : China Did Not Jam Its Electronics System
With only a few exceptions, submarines like the USS Connecticut are made of high-tensile steel.
The strong steel hull not only protects the submarine from the crushing pressure when it dives, it literally works as a Faraday cage – protecting the submarine against electromagnetic fields.
Therefore, it is not possible to jam the electronics system of any submarine. That is complete and utter nonsense.
Fact #3 : China Does Not Have A Submarine Trap Wall
The writer appears to believe that it would be possible to build some kind of underwater Great Wall of China.
There is no such thing as a submarine trap wall. What does that even mean???
Fact #4 : USS Connecticut Was Seaworthy
The crew of the USS Connecticut did not lose their sense of direction. Neither was the submarine crippled.
They surfaced after the collision, because it was their standard operating procedure after any non-combat collision.
According to the US Pacific Fleet, the submarine was in a “safe and stable condition” :
The submarine remains in a safe and stable condition. USS Connecticut’s nuclear propulsion plant and spaces were not affected and remain fully operational. The extent of damage to the remainder of the submarine is being assessed. The U.S. Navy has not requested assistance. The incident will be investigated.
It should be noted that the USS Connecticut sailed to Guam for 6 days, without assistance.
Fact #5 : China Was Not Holding Any War Games At That Time
When the USS Connecticut collision happened on 2 October 2021, China was in between two naval war games :
23-27 August : Seaborne assault war game in Vladivostok, Russia
14-17 October : Russia and China held naval drills in the Sea of Japan.
So the writer’s claim that China was conducting naval war games at that time is completely false.
The only war game being conducted around that time involved the HMS Queen Elizabeth and the USS Ronald Reagan and USS Carl Vinson carrier groups in the Philippine Sea on 4 October 2021.
The writer claimed that there was a mutiny onboard the USS Connecticut because the Commander refused to surface the submarine.
How does he know that? What evidence has he proffered? None at all. It’s all one big fantasy.
It doesn’t even make sense – why would the sailors mutiny? Why would the submarine commander or his XO (Executive Officer) refuse to surface a submarine in trouble?
The SOP for any submarine in trouble is to surface, and that’s what the USS Connecticut did. That very fact proves that there was no mutiny, and the writer lied.
Fact #9 : Only 11 Sailors Were Injured
The writer even made up the claim that 15 sailors were injured in the mutiny. That’s nonsense.
11 sailors aboard the USS Connecticut suffered mild to moderate injuries, none life-threatening.
If the writer can lie about a simple fact like that, you have to ask yourself – what else is he lying about?
Fact #10 : Nuclear Submarines Do Not Use Radar Underwater
The writer falsely claimed that a nuclear attack submarine like the USS Connecticut would be able to avoid obstacles because it would have the most sophisticated radars.
The truth is – submarines do not use radar systems underwater, they use sonar systems. Even then, military submarines rarely use active sonar, as it exposes their positions.
It is not possible for USS Connecticut to “see” undersea structures using its passive sonar system. Instead, the crew relies on underwater charts and inertial navigation systems to avoid underwater obstacles.
But unless they regularly fix their position using GPS, small errors in their position will compound over time, potentially placing the submarine hundreds of metres out of position. This could be the reason for the collision.
It is shocking that the writer is unaware of such basic military / scientific facts.
Fact #11 : No Fixed Sea / Air Lanes Over International Waters
The writer falsely claimed that commercial ships and airliners have to strictly travel in fixed international lanes.
In reality, commercial ships and planes use routes that are best for fuel economy and/or safety over international waters. Ships and planes are also free to adjust their bearings to avoid bad weather, for example.
Countries can only control movement of ships and planes within their territorial waters and airspace.
It is therefore false for the writer to claim that ships or planes that deviate from fixed international sea / air lanes will be shot down or sunk.
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Did Chinese bombers fire on the US aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt in the South China Seas?
Take a look at the viral news, and find out what the FACTS really are!
Claim : Chinese Bombers Fire On US Aircraft Carrier In South China Sea
A YouTube video is going viral on WhatsApp, claiming that Chinese bombers fired on an US aircraft carrier in the South China Sea.
It is usually shared without commentary because the title speaks for itself, and the video itself repeats the same claim.
Truth : Chinese Bombers Did NOT Fire On US Aircraft Carrier
This is fake news by an unknown YouTube channel called M News, and here are the FACTS.
Fact #1 : Chinese Bombers Did Not Fire On US Aircraft Carrier
It bears repeating – this is FAKE NEWS. Chinese bombers did not fire on any US aircraft carrier.
If that really happened, it would have been a major news story all over the world. It would have certainly started a major war between the United States and China.
You didn’t hear anything about it, did you? What makes you think some unknown YouTube website called M News would have an exclusive scoop on this story?
Fact #2 : The USS Theodore Roosevelt Incident Happened In January 2021
Eight Chinese H-6K bombers, escorted by four J-16 fighters and a single Y-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft practiced a mock attack on USS Theodore Roosevelt as it sailed between Taiwan and the Philippines on 23 January 2021.
The H-6K bomber pilots could be heard in cockpit conversations confirming orders for the simulated targeting and release of anti-ship missiles against the carrier.
However, the Chinese strike group remained more than 250 nautical miles (463 kilometres) away from the carrier group – beyond the 248 mile (459 km) range of their YJ-12 anti-ship missiles.
Fact #3 : M News Ripped It Off Popular Mechanics
M News used stock footage, and a text to voice software to recite a Popular Mechanics article by Kyle Mizokami on the USS Theodore Roosevelt incident, word for word.
The creator didn’t even bother to edit out the part about the “the map embedded in the tweet above” – the tweet was in the article, but not the video.
The only original thing the creator did was to insert the fake news chyron claiming that Today: Chinese Bombers fire on US Aircraft Carrier in South China Sea.
And of course, sharing it on WhatsApp so you would share it too.
Fact #4 : The Date Changes Daily
M News garnered more than 2 million views for this video, but only because they changed the date in the title on a daily basis!
This allows them to keep sharing the video on social media, and WhatsApp, to fool people into clicking and watching their video.
They first posted the video on 3 February 2021, but they keep changing the date in the title, to make it look “new” and “current”.
Now that you know that M News posts fake videos and fake news, please WARN your family and friends.
And please STOP sharing M News videos, and definitely DO NOT visit their YouTube channel!
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