August 9, 2022

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Chinese destroyer targets RAF P-8A Poseidon naval patrol aircraft - Cavok Brasil

Chinese destroyer targets RAF P-8A Poseidon naval patrol aircraft – Cavok Brasil

A Navy ship of the People’s Liberation Army (PLAN) illuminated an Australian P-8A Poseidon naval patrol aircraft with military-grade lasers on February 17, the Australian Department of Defense said.

Poseidon discovered a laser that lights up while flying over northern Australia.

“The lighting of the aircraft by the Chinese ship is a serious security incident,” the Australian Ministry of Defense said, adding that “such actions would put lives at risk.”

A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) reconnaissance photo of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Luyang-class guided missile destroyer involved in a laser incident with an RAAF P-8A Poseidon naval patrol aircraft.

While the Department of Defense has not confirmed which ship used the laser against Australian aircraft, images released by the Department of Defense showed a Luyang-class guided missile destroyer and a Yuzhao-class amphibious transport ship in the Arafura Sea at wartime. incident. The two ships have already passed through the Torres Strait and are in the Coral Sea.

The PLAN Luyang-class guided missile destroyer (left) and Yuzhao-class amphibious transport ship leave the Torres Strait and enter the Coral Sea on February 18, 2022 (Photo: Australian Department of Defense)

We strongly condemn unprofessional and unsafe military behaviour. The Australian Department of Defense said these actions may have endangered the safety and lives of Australian Defense Force personnel. “Such actions fall short of the standards we expect from professional military personnel.”

This is not the first time that Chinese ships have engaged in such business. In February 2020, a Chinese ship fired a laser at a US Navy Poseidon aircraft over the Pacific Ocean. China denied that time and accused the US planes of irresponsible behaviour.

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