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SDF scrambles fighters against Chinese drone over East China Sea

NHK took up a Defense Ministry announcement that the ASDF mobilized fighters against a Chinese drone that entered the nation’s air defense identification zone over the East China Sea on Wednesday afternoon. The fighters were scrambled in response to a BZK-007 that the PLA operates for reconnaissance purposes. This was reportedly the first time for the SDF to spot this type of aircraft flying in the vicinity of Japan. While noting that the UAV did not violate Japan’s territorial airspace, Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno told the press this morning that Japan will respond resolutely to such flights to safeguard the nation’s territorial land, airspace, and waters. He added that Japan is watching China’s military activities with “great interest,” as the PLA is accelerating the domestic development of various types of drones.

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