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Eastern Theater Air Force

The Air Force in the Eastern Theater of the Chinese People's Liberation Army was mainly reorganized and established on the basis of the original air force organs of the relevant military regions. The Air Force of the Eastern Theater of the Chinese People's Liberation Army is stationed in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province. Air Force troops from the eastern theater of the former Nanjing Military Region Air Force, and former Jinan Military Region Air Force.

In February 2016, President Xi conferred military flags on the PLA’s five newly established theater commands: the Eastern, Southern, Western, Northern, and Central Theaters. The theaters are responsible for warfighting and improving routine readiness through joint operations, training, and strategy and plans development. These changes required the reassignment of some units.

In 2016, the PLAAF established five new theater air force headquarters and adapted its mission and structure to align with the PLA’s ongoing reforms. In February 2016, General Ma Xiaotian, the PLAAF commander, and Lieutenant General Yu Zhongfu, the service’s political commissar, urged the development of a “joint operations mindset” at a ceremony marking the creation of the theater air forces. They directed the service to streamline institutions, embrace a force-building role, and improve regulations to ensure standardization and discipline in carrying out reforms.

The adjustment and formation of a theater air force is an urgent need to address national security threats and effectively fulfill military missions. The air force will shoulder the important tasks entrusted by the party and the people with a new perspective and responsibility.

In this round of reform, the original Jinan troops were transferred to 3 theaters, and the cadres of the government were adjusted to nearly 10 units in 3 theaters. Nearly a thousand people moved away from the camps that had been stationed for many years and went to new posts. The impact of this adjustment was not small. Some of these cadres were divided into houses, and some family members did not follow the army for long. But once the order is issued, everyone was organized to go.

Air Force Commander: Lieutenant General Huang Guoxian, male, born in 1962, member of the Communist Party of China, rank of lieutenant general of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, and served as commander of the Air Force of the Nanjing Military Region of the Chinese People's Liberation Army. He was the commander of the Air Force in the Eastern Theater of the Chinese People's Liberation Army.

The PLA organized continuous military movements around Taiwan in April 2017. On April 18, 19, and 20 that year, the PLA Air Force circled Taiwan for 3 consecutive days. The Chinese Air Force spokesman Shen Jinke said at the time that the Air Force continuously organized multiple bombers and reconnaissance aircraft to "cruise around the island", and dispatched many types of bomber-6K, Su-30, J-11 and reconnaissance aircraft and early warning aircraft. Multiple fighters.

In August 2017 the Chinese People's Liberation Army Eastern Theater Staff, Jiangsu Provincial Public Security Department and China Civil Aviation Jiangsu Safety Supervision and Administration Bureau jointly issued the "Notice on Strengthening the Management and Maintenance of Public Safety for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles". Before the announcement, SF Express The Jiangxi Ganzhou branch's express delivery business has also received affirmative approval from the eastern theater of war. It is also the only logistics company to conduct pilot logistics operations within the region.

On 15 April 2019 last year, the PLA Air Police 500, H-6K, Yun 8, Su 30, and J-11 aircraft of various types flew out from the south of the mainland successively at noon, and flew through the bus strait towards the southeast toward the west Pacific for long-distance long-distance training In addition to the 6K flight to the north via the Miyako Strait, the other military aircraft flew back to the station along the original route.

Zhang Chunhui, Air Force spokesman for the Eastern Theater of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, said on 09 February 2020, the PLA's eastern theater organized sea and air forces to conduct combat readiness drills, deployed a variety of weapons and equipment, such as frigates, bombers, fighter planes, and early warning aircraft, to test the multi-service integrated joint combat capability. Air force cruises through the Bus Strait and Miyako Strait, and conducts targeted practical combat exercises.

Zhang Chunhui said that Taiwan and its affiliated islands are a sacred and inseparable part of China’s territory. The Chinese military’s combat readiness cruise is completely legitimate and lawful. It is a necessary action against the current security situation in the Taiwan Strait and the maintenance of national sovereignty. The troops in the theater are determined and capable of frustrating all "Taiwan independence" separatist activities, resolutely safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and resolutely maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

It can be seen from media reports in Taiwan that the H-6K and J-11 fighters were used in this exercise. "Since the joint exercise of multi-service naval and air forces in the theater, we should also deploy equipment such as warships and early warning aircraft, so as to better test the systematic combat capabilities." Air Force expert Fu Qianshao told Peng Mei News.

According to information released by the Ministry of Defense’s Integrated Staff Supervision Department, four H-6K bombers flew north from the east of Taiwan Island and through the Miyako Strait in the direction of the East China Sea, completing a “flight around Taiwan”.

According to information released by the Ministry of Defense’s Integrated Staff Supervision Department, four H-6K bombers flew north from the east of Taiwan Island and through the Miyako Strait in the direction of the East China Sea, completing a “flight around Taiwan”.

In 2020, the PLA’s sea and air forces had already conducted three cruises and drills around the island. On January 23, Taiwan’s defense department said that the PLA’s Air Police-500, H-6, and other fighter planes successively sailed through the bus strait to the Western Pacific for long-range long-distance training. This is the first time since the New Year that the PLA Air Force fighters had gone out of the island chain for voyage training.

The relevant training activities of the PLA's sea and air forces are arrangements within the annual plan. Take the example of Zhang Chunhui's air and sea force cruising around Taiwan Island on 15 April 2019. The talk mentioned that the eastern theater dispatched naval and air forces, including ships, bombers and reconnaissance planes, to cruise around the island, and conducted necessary training exercises to test the multi-service integrated joint combat capability. This action is a normal arrangement within the annual plan, and it is a legitimate and legitimate right of sovereign countries, which is conducive to maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. The theater troops keep in mind the missions and tasks of the new era, strive to improve their ability to win battles in the new era, and resolutely defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

PLA aircraft usually exercise restraints when conducting missions related to Taiwan, like flying on the Chinese mainland side of the "middle line" of the Straits. PLA frequently sent warplanes, including H-6 bombers, KJ-500 early warning aircraft and J-11 fighter jets near Taiwan, with some also featured warships.

With the aim of better safeguarding aerial and maritime security as well as national unity, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command Air Force recently replaced some of its old J-7 fighter jets with advanced J-10C fighter jets, the state broadcaster revealed on 21 November 2021, shortly after the island of Taiwan commissioned the first combat wing of F-16V fighter jets on Thursday. Nine J-7E fighter jets recently left an airbase in the east of South China’s Guangdong Province, as they have been retired from active combat service and are being replaced by domestically developed J-10C fighter jets, China Central Television (CCTV) reported.

The J-10C, which has been in service with several other PLA Air Force units, is one and a half generations more advanced than the J-7E, and will give pilots significantly more advantages in combat, analysts said. Colonel Wang Hongbo, one of the pilots in the brigade affiliated with the Eastern Theater Command Air Force switching to fly the J-10C, has been practicing on the new warplane for nearly half a year. Wang said on CCTV that the new aircraft has changed the way he perceives the battlefield. With the J-10C, the pilot needs to switch his role from just being a pilot to being a combatant, Wang said, noting that since the old J-7 uses mechanical flight controls while the J-10C uses fly-by-wire, the new warplane allows the pilot to focus on the battlefield instead of on steering the aircraft. Judging from the CCTV report footage, the J-10Cs the brigade received are equipped with the domestically developed WS-10 Taihang engines, Shanghai-based news website eastday.com said.

The announcement of the commissioning of the new batch of J-10Cs came after the commissioning of the island of Taiwan’s first combat wing of US-made F-16V fighter jets on 18 November 2021. Media on the island of Taiwan claimed that the F-16V can face down the J-20 stealth aircraft of the PLA, which is a fifth-generation heavy fighter jet. But in fact, the F-16V is just a 4.5-generation medium fighter jet, and the PLA’s J-10C is enough to rival it, a Chinese mainland military expert told the Global Times, requesting anonymity. The commissioning of more J-10Cs will further widen the power gap across the Taiwan Straits, the expert said.

In addition to the J-10C fighter, the PLA Eastern Theater Command Air Force has previously received delivery of the advanced J-16 heavy fighter, CCTV said, highlighting the speed of new aircraft deliveries. The PLA Eastern Theater Command Air Force stands ready to safeguard aerial and maritime security as well as national unity, CCTV reported.

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