The United States shot down another unidentified object it said flew near a sensitive military site and could be used for espionage.
It crashed over Lake Huron, Michigan, at 2:42 p.m. local time on Sunday president bidenThe command.
A US F-16 jet fired a missile at an altitude of about 20,000 feet amid concerns that its altitude and flight path could endanger civilian aircraft.
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It was the fourth incident in just over a week and the third in as many days after the object was in Alaska and Canada Friday and Saturday,
A senior U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, described the latest object as having an “octagonal structure with dangling ropes but no discernible payload.”
The U.S. military shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the coast of the Carolinas on Friday, Feb. 4, after claiming it passed through a sensitive military site in North America.
A second “car-sized” object was shot down on sea ice near Deadhorse, Alaska, on Friday 10th.
On Saturday, February 11, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ordered a U.S. warplane to shoot down a third unidentified object flying high over the Yukon Territory in northern Canada.
On Sunday, February 12, US fighter jets shot down a fourth unidentified object with a missile over Lake Huron on the US-Canada border.
Authorities restricted airspace over the lake near the Canadian border before U.S. and Canadian jets were dispatched to intercept it.
The jet also scrambled Saturday after radar detected an object over Montana but could not locate it, which is thought to have been a mistake.
However, the Pentagon said the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) picked up the signal again on Sunday.
“Based on its flight path and data, we can reasonably associate this object with a radar signal received over Montana flying close to the sensitive Department of Defense [Department of Defense] website,” a statement said.
“We did not assess it as a kinetic military threat to anything on the ground, but assessed it as a safe-to-fly hazard and a threat because of its potential surveillance capabilities.”
The team is trying to salvage the object from the lake.
U.S. Air Force General Glen VanHerck admitted that he did not know what the last three objects that were shot down were or how they remained in the air.
However, he told reporters that they were with Chinese ‘spy’ balloon shot down near South Carolina a week ago.
“We call them objects, not balloons, for a reason,” he said, also refusing to rule out any explanation when asked if they could be aliens.
A U.S. National Security Council spokesman said earlier Sunday that the unidentified objects shot down over Alaska and Canada were “much smaller” than Chinese balloons.
“The object is cylindrical”
canadian prime minister justin trudeau Said the team was looking for objects that had been shot down in his country.
An American F-22 stealth jet shot it down over the sparsely populated northwestern Yukon Territory on Saturday.
“The recovery team is on the scene looking for and analyzing the object,” Mr Trudeau told reporters.
“There is still a lot to learn about it. That’s why the analysis of this object will be very important.”
Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand described it as cylindrical but smaller than a Chinese balloon.
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Ms Anand said it was flying at 40,000 feet and posed a threat to civilian aircraft when it went down about 100 miles from the border at 3:41 p.m. EDT (8:41 p.m. GMT).
The Pentagon said NORAD spotted the object late Friday over the coast of Alaska.
The jet took off from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and rendezvoused with Canadian CF-18 and CP-140 aircraft after the object crossed the border.
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The Pentagon said a US F-22 shot down the object using an AIM 9X missile following “close coordination” between the two countries.
Trudeau said the military would salvage the wreckage, that he had spoken to President Biden, and thanked NORAD for “keeping a close eye on North America.”
Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said the UK would conduct a security review based on the latest developments.
Analysis: China meets innuendo with accusations
Neither the U.S. nor Canada has officially confirmed where the downed “unidentified object” came from, but the suggestion that China was responsible is pretty clear.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he thought it was “very likely”
The Chinese are well aware of these allegations, so there are many questions today, especially how will they respond?
The answer was provocative, but not explicitly denied.
At the regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the spokesperson Wang Wenbin was asked many times whether he confirmed or denied that these handicrafts were from China.
In any case he is not attracted, his answer is accusation.
The allegation that the United States is actually the world’s most aggressive surveillance power is the United States to answer questions about illegal espionage, most notably the allegation that the United States has since launched more than 10 such spy balloons over Chinese territory January 2022.
This claim is difficult to assess because there are no further details about when and where these alleged intrusions occurred and how China responded at the time, but the allegation alone makes it clear that China is feeling hard on the issue.
Another sign of the pressure may be reports that China is preparing to shoot down an unidentified object in its airspace.
Given that the U.S. response has been firmly condemned as “trigger-like” and “clearly overreacted,” such an action would undoubtedly raise concerns.
Some form of face-saving retaliation is not out of the question, but at least for now, it is a topic China does not want to engage in.
Multiple attempts to ask have been met with “reference to previous statement”, in other words, “no comment”.
He said: “The UK and its allies will examine what these airspace incursions mean for our security. This development is another sign of how the global threat landscape is deteriorating.”
Earlier this week, Beijing admitted that the balloon that was shot down in South Carolina was from China But insisted it was a “civilian airship”.
It said it strayed into U.S. airspace for meteorological and other scientific research.