November 26, 2013
The U.S. won’t change its flight operations to comply with China’s newly claimed air-defense zone in the East China Sea, a Pentagon spokesman said.
“We will not in any way change how we conduct our operations,” Army Colonel Steve Warren told reporters at the Pentagon yesterday. U.S. pilots won’t register their flight plans or identify their transponder or frequency, Warren said.
China announced an air defense identification zone in the East China Sea effective Nov. 23 and said its military will take “defensive emergency measures” if aircraft enter the area without reporting flight plans or identifying themselves.
“We see it as destabilizing,” Warren said of China’s decision. He said U.S. pilots always maintain the ability to defend themselves.
This article was posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 6:45 am