China claims two Japanese F-15J jets weapons locked onto two Chinese Su-30 fighters in East China Sea

Beijing claims a pair of Japanese fighters locked weapons radar on their planes over the East China Sea, while Tokyo denies the accusation.

During the June 17 incident, Chinese defense officials said two Japanese Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) Mitsubishi F-15J Eagles intercepted two Chinese Sukhoi Su-30 fighters over the East China Sea in the Beijing declared Air Defense Identification Zone near the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands.

“The Japanese fighter jets approached and warned the Chinese military aircraft, while the Chinese military aircraft did not leave. During the flight, the Japanese fighter jets came face to face with the Chinese military aircraft for many times. To avoid risks, the Japanese fighter jets released infrared jamming shells and then flew out of that airspace,” according to a Monday report by China Military Online quoting Ministry of National Defense officials.
“They even used fire-control radars to lock on the Chinese fighter jet.

The statement went on to say, “the provocative actions by the Japanese jets could easily trigger an air accident and harm the safety of both crews, and jeopardize regional peace and stability.”

Locking onto another fighter with fire control radar is one of the most provocative actions an adversary can take short of firing weapons. Japan denied the claims.