On February 17, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLAN) naval vessel illuminated an Australian P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft with a military-grade laser, the Australian Ministry of Defense said.
Poseidon detected a laser flash during a flight approaching North Australia.
The Australian Defense Ministry said in a statement that the incident was “a serious security incident” and that the Chinese ship was illuminated by a ship.
Although the Ministry of Defense has not confirmed which ship used the laser against the Australian aircraft, the pictures released by the Ministry of Defense show that the Luang-Glass-guided missile destroyer and the Yuzawa-class waterfall transport vessel were at sea in Arafura. Incident .. Both ships have already crossed the Torres Strait and are in the coral reef.
“We strongly condemn unprofessional and unsafe military behavior. These actions could endanger the safety and lives of ADF personnel, ”the Australian Defense Ministry said. “Such measures do not live up to the standards we expect from professional military personnel.”
This is not the first time Chinese ships have been involved in such activities. In February 2020, a Chinese ship fired a laser at a U.S. Navy Poseidon aircraft off the Pacific Ocean. China has denied the allegations, accusing the US plane of being “irresponsible”.
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