China deploys new anti-submarine aircraft on patrol mission in South China Sea

The Taiwan media has reported the Chinese Navy has deployed AEW, anti-submarine aircraft on South China Sea´s Yongshu Reef on a patrol mission in the Chinese People´s Liberation Army (PLA) Southern Theater Command, the news source said.

China has deployed a similar aircraft, together with an AEW aircraft, on a disputed reef in the South China Sea.

Recent foreign satellite images suggest that China has deployed early warning aircraft and anti-submarine aircraft on the Yongshu Reef in the South China Sea amid increased US military activities in the region, as Chinese experts said China has the right to deploy defensive weapons there according to military threats China is facing.

The PLA has deployed the KJ-500 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) system and the KQ-200 maritime patrol aircraft, also known as the Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft, on the permanent base on the Yongshu Reef in the South China Sea, media in the island of Taiwan.

Previous satellite photos show aircraft hangars near the airstrip on the reef were installed with air conditioners, indicating military aircraft were ready for extended deployment, reports said.

The Taiwan media reports claimed this is an indication that the PLA is planning an air defense identification zone in the South China Sea.