The United States’ airspace appears to be plagued with problems.
Yet another unidentified object has been spotted flying above United States territory.
This is the second instance of a “violation” of their airspace and comes hot on the heels of the China ‘spy balloon’ which was shot down earlier this week.
Unsurprisingly, this unidentified object’s fate followed its predecessor—shot down by US fighter jets.
Here’s what went down.
Unidentified Object Drifting Over Alaska
The United States have once again deployed their fighter jets to shoot down an unidentified object which was in Alaska’s airspace.
The object was roughly the size of a small car and “not similar in size or shape to the high altitude surveillance balloon” that China had sent over the US. It was much smaller.
According to the US Pentagon spokesman Brigadier General Patr Ryder, the rationale for shooting down the object was because it flew at a low altitude of 40,000 feet (~12.2km) and “posed a reasonable threat to the safety of civilian flight”.
The general cruising altitude for airplanes is between 31,000 and 38,000 feet, or 9.4km and 11.5km.
This aggressive tactic is a 360 degree change from the Pentagon’s initial position regarding the spy balloon, that shooting down airborne vessels is not feasible because of risks such as falling debris.
For this takedown, the US deployed a F-22 fighter jet and employed an AIM-9X missile, both of which were identical to the operation process for treatment of the Chinese balloon.
Brigadier General Ryder also added that recovery teams are currently in the process of recovery operations, which presumably aid in identifying and understanding this object and its reasons for being flown over the US.
The identification and recovery process is already underway for the debris retrieved from the Chinese air vessel.
Who Is Behind This?
Ok, now I know what you all must be thinking.
Is the mastermind behind this latest incident the same as that for the previous one?
We’re none the wiser.
So far, China has not said anything regarding this incident.
While it promptly owned up to being the reason the ‘spy balloon’ was floating over parts of the United States earlier in the week, some may interpret this silence as China drawing a line between itself and this unidentified object.
Until official details are released about this unidentified object (hopefully soon after the US forces recover the debris), we’re sitting at the edges of our seats with you, waiting and speculating.
One thing’s for sure though, if the owner of the balloon and this object are one and the same, there’s about to be some real drama unfolding.
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