F-22 Raptor Shoots Down Unidentified Object Over Canada With AIM-9X Sidewinder Missile

F-22 Raptor Shoots Down Unidentified Object Over Canada With AIM-9X Sidewinder Missile

Successively, from Friday and Saturday, since February 4 2023, the F-22 Raptor fighter jet with the AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missile returned to action, this time the target was an unidentified cylindrical object (which is called an eye balloon). -Chinese eyes) over Canadian territory.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he and US President Joe Biden had ordered the object that violated Canadian airspace to be forcibly removed, a day after another object (on Friday) was fired from the sky near Alaska. 

For the record, On Friday, US officials revealed that the military had shot down an unidentified flying object over the Arctic Ocean near Alaska.

"I ordered the shooting down of an unidentified object that violated Canadian airspace," Trudeau said in a statement posted on Twitter. He said a US F-22 from the US Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), which is operated jointly by the United States and Canada, had brought down the object over the Yukon Territory.

As for the object Biden ordered to shoot down near Alaska on Friday, officials said they have yet to determine what was blown up from the sky over the Yukon, which borders Alaska. 

Unlike the Chinese spy balloon that was shot down on February 4, the two objects shot down last Friday and Saturday were at an altitude of 40,000 feet (12,192 meters), which has the potential to endanger civil aviation traffic.

"cylindrical object"

The unidentified object that was shot down over Canadian airspace has been tracked since Friday evening, according to a statement from Pentagon spokesman Brigadier General Patrick Ryder. The object was detected by NORAD, and two F-22 fighter jets from Joint Base Elementdorf-Richardson, Alaska, were dispatched to monitor the object with the support of the Alaska Air National Guard.

The object appeared to be a smaller "cylindrical object" than the Chinese reconnaissance balloon that was shot down earlier, Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand told a news conference on Saturday.

US President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau both approved of the shooting on Saturday, according to a statement from the White House.

The balloon flights, some US defense officials believe, are part of China's efforts to hone its ability to collect data on US military bases as well as other countries in the event of conflict or escalation of tensions.

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