Taiwan News reported that Chinese aircraft infiltrated Taiwan airspace regularly in the last year, costing the country an extra expense in the military by more than $24 million on defense from the forecasted budget.
According to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense figures, there were 21 incursions into the airspace in April alone. At the latest, on April 28, 5 aircraft entered the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), 3 J-16 jet fighters, a SU-30 multirole fighter, and a Y-8 military transport aircraft.
The article also wrote that Taipei uses Indigenous Defense Fighters (IDFs) and F-16 jets for these countermeasures. As a result, the demand for spare parts and maintenance for both types exceed the initial budget.
In addition to airspace incursions, the defense reports claim that China also views the southwestern area of Taiwan as a suitable place for submarines to enter the Pacific.
Up to date, Taiwan has the 12P-3C anti-submarine aircraft and one electronic warfare plane. According to a report by one defense think tank, it should consider buying Boeing EA-18G Growlers for that purpose.