BLUFChief of Air Force (CAF) confirmed that the RAAF would continue with South China Sea surveillance flights despite a "recent spate of unsafe incidences"—he called on the Chinese military to adhere to professional standards.
Andrew Greene writing for ABC News covered CAF's meeting with the: US Air Force Secretary.
- Speaking alongside the Secretary, Air Marshal Chipman (CAF) noted the following.
- China has a "formidable aerospace capability", but it's unlikely there will be an increase in Australian and Chinese aircraft incidents.
- He noted that China has a very capable military—but it is not impenetrable.
- Australia can deliver military effects in the national interest.
- The high standard of RAAF personnel contributes to Australia's ability to operate in contested environments.
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References from the Web:
- AUG 2022 We’ll still fly over South China Sea, says new RAAF chief- Australian Aviation
- AUG 2022 Beijing’s air defences of South China Sea ‘not impenetrable’- Financial Review