Reference News Network reported on February 4 that Japanese media said that according to a Japanese government official revealed on February 2, since the South Korean navy destroyer used fire control radar to illuminate the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force P-1 patrol aircraft, Korean ship radio The practice of warning the Maritime Self-Defense Force patrol aircraft has been regularized. Japan believes that the purpose of South Korea should be to give it legitimacy, that is, the surveillance of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force patrol aircraft is a low-altitude deterrent flight.
According to Japan's Sankei Shimbun reported on February 3, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force patrol aircraft will take photos close to the ship if it finds other countries' warships while performing alert surveillance missions. However, even in the closest situation of the two sides, the aircraft will maintain a distance of 500 meters from the ship and fly at a height of 150 meters. Although this is a general flight following international rules, the South Korean side has condemned the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force for its low-altitude deterrence flight after the occurrence of radar exposure. It is an obvious provocative act.
The report said that in addition to radar exposure, Korean ships also used radio to confirm the flight intentions of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force patrol aircraft and warned them to maintain a safe distance. This practice has been regularized. Sometimes, Korean ships will repeatedly yell at the Maritime Self-Defense Force patrol aircraft 5 kilometers away. The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force patrol aircraft immediately responded by following international law and domestic law and implementing vigilance surveillance in accordance with established procedures.
A Japanese government official said: Before the radar exposure problem, the South Korean side did not use the radio to make a call. The on-site activities were in response to South Korea's claim that the 'Zihai Maritime Self-Defense Force patrol aircraft's alert surveillance activities belonged to low-altitude deterrent flights.' Japan's Defense Minister Iwaya said that the patrol aircraft flight is a legitimate activity in Japan and will continue to monitor the surveillance as it has in the past.