UFO hunt: F-22 Raptor Sidewinder missiles destroy two unidentified flying objects over the US and Canada
In the nearly 20 years since it went into service, the fifth-generation F-22 Raptor fighter has not hit a single air target. And now, in less than two weeks in February, it has had to engage three times.
Here's What We Know
On Feb. 4, Video: F-22 Raptor destroys Chinese spy balloon that flew over US for days that had been flying over the continental United States and territorial waters for about a week. Last weekend, the fighter shot down two unidentified objects that were flying over the United States and Canada.
On 11 February, the aircraft hit an aerial target over Alaska. The United States has not yet determined who the unidentified object belonged to. It was destroyed at an altitude of about 12 km and threatened civil aviation, unlike the Chinese balloon. Its dimensions are comparable to those of a small car.
The order to destroy the aerial object was given by US President Joe Biden. As in the case of the Chinese spy balloon, the fifth-generation fighter pilot used an AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missile.
I spoke with President Biden this afternoon. Canadian Forces will now recover and analyze the wreckage of the object. Thank you to NORAD for keeping the watch over North America.- Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 11, 2023
The next day the U.S. continued the hunt for UFOs. Once again the F-22 Raptor took up the cause. This time the plane reached Canada. The successful hit of the aerial target was reported by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Once again, the Sidewinder missile was used.
Source: Reuters, Justin Trudeau