<>IMO, this is probably a weather balloon. Only thing it has been doing is taking weather measurements, and sending them back to China. Shoot it down, and that is what we will find out, and look stupid in front of the world. Of course we could lie about it.
However, it was not off course. It was on course as its true mission though, was not weather collection but to test how we would react to an incursion of our air space and we failed miserably. And as noted, they intentionally did not put spy sensors on it for deniability in case we did shoot it down.
<>You've got a central state that will not defend your home but will confiscate your property with force and send it to a ****hole like Ukraine while at the same time hold open a door for an invasion from the south.
Secession from this corrupted central state is LONG past due.
wasnt that a decayed orbit?
Anyway back on topic - also interesting is 9X engaged target well outside its envelope spec. Possibly highest engagement ever but not sure if all of the Chinese U2 shootdowns were SAMs.
Last I heard, the balloon was over Missouri on Friday. Today it gets shot down off the coast of the Carolinas. I'm surprised that it could move that fast.
I am telling ya, when they recover and open the payload, it is gonna be all civilian weather equipment. We were played.Now the CCP plays the victim card.
And says it was a "civilian" project.
China maintains spy balloon is civilian, claims some in US 'have hyped it up to attack and smear China'China is maintaining that the balloon over the U.S. is a civilian research craft, asserting "some politicians and media in the US have hyped it up."www.foxnews.com
I am telling ya, when they recover and open the payload, it is gonna be all civilian weather equipment. We were played.
So our fighters don't have guns on them anymore...
How does a “Civillian Aeronautic Program” even exist in Communist China?
sarcasm? They all have guns, generally the same one in different configs20mm M61 Vulcan.
I too wonder why they did not perforate the balloon with 20mm.
It exists under the direction of the chinese military.How does a “Civillian Aeronautic Program” even exist in Communist China?
It has an inboard M61 20mm made by General Dynamics.Raptor has no gun.