During the Cold War era, former Soviet Union periodically sent her Tu-95 bombers (NATO codenamed Bear) trying to penetrate NATO air defense, and the US would immediately scramble fighters to “escort” those bombers. For fifty years, both sides never fired a shot.
Our Ministry of Defense released above photo at noon today. It shows our Ching-kuo fighter intercepting a PLAAF Hong-6 bomber over the Taiwan Strait. The MOD rarely publicized such photo probably out of consideration not to call too much public attention. Our fighters were there to “escort” Chinese bombers because they were closing in our air defense identification zone. As long as they are flying over international waters, our air crew can’t do anything but monitor their movement.