“A U.S. EP-3 surveillance plane (was forced to take evasive action to avoid a collision with two Chinese fighter jets Sunday, defense officials said.”
Now, you have been living under a rock if you don’t realize that every country “probes” other countries. Many things can be learned by doing these types of close encounters. Pilots can spot new technology on the other countries aircraft and if desired sometimes even electronic exchanges can be done in attempt to steal software etc. The US usually travels in international airspace as do the Russians but every country has the right to defend its airspace and when an aircraft, boat etc get too close be prepared to be warned. However, “unsafe” maneuvers, especially by an armed Chinese J-10 can quickly escalate situations and international incidents can occur.
a Chinese Chengdu J-10 “Firebird” fighter armed with air-to-air missiles flew under the EP-3 and pulled up about 300 feet in front of the Navy plane, forcing it to make an evasive maneuver to avoid a collision.
The incident reportedly took place in international airspace, about 90 miles from Qingdao, headquarters of China’s North Sea Fleet
Regardless, this may seem like the Chinese were probing us but in reality, it just may be the other way around as there is always more than meets the eye on events like this. Time for a C-Gar