Monday, December 12, 2016

Japan denies Chinese claim of dangerous fighter jet conduct

Japan protested to China on Monday about what it says are groundless accusations that Japanese fighter jets had fired “jamming shells” as six Chinese military planes flew over waters between Japan’s southern Okinawa and Miyako islands. “It is extremely regrettable that the Chinese military is making announcements that are clearly factually wrong,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters. Japan scrambled fighters on Saturday as Chinese planes flew over the Miyako Strait. Taiwan’s defense ministry said four Chinese planes also flew over the nearby Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines. The waterways and airspace are two of the connections between the contested South and East China seas and the Pacific Ocean.

Israel receives first F-35 stealth fighter jets from US

Israel’s first two F-35 stealth fighter jets, purchased from the United States, are scheduled to land at the southern Nevatim Air Force Base, near Be’er Sheva, on Monday, Haaretz daily said. Israeli Air Force pilots will take the controls on Tuesday for the first overflight of Israel by the state-of-the-art plane, already nicknamed the Adir (Hebrew for ‘mighty’ or ‘glorious’,) which was plagued by problems during its development, according to the report.

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