Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has said that they are seeking for feedback from United States Embassy in Manila regarding the reported usage of code assigned for Philippine aircraft by US Air Force RC-135S.
“Let’s get the facts before we make conclusions. Personally, I can’t think of any reason why the US would do it,” Secretary Lorenzana said, as quoted by ABS-CBN News.
“I am waiting for feedback from the US Embassy,” Secretary Lorenzana said, as quoted by CNN Philippines.
According to Beijing-based South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative, “on Sep 22, USAF RC-135S (#AE01D6) conducted a #YellowSea mission with a spoofed hex code #75C75C, which was changed back to the original one after the mission was completed.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on September 16, commenting on report that US reconnaissance aircraft used a transponder code to electronically impersonate a Malaysian airliner, “it is the old trick of the US military to use a transponder code to impersonate civil aircraft of other countries. According to incomplete data, since the beginning of this year, the US reconnaissance aircraft have electronically impersonated civil aircraft of other countries in the South China Sea for more than a hundred times. This above-mentioned practice is egregious, which has severely violated international aviation rules, disrupted the aviation order and safety in relevant airspace, threatened the security of China and countries in the region. China firmly opposes that.”