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US F-22 shoots down 3rd ‘high altitude object’ over Canada

An F-22 Raptor from the 325th Fighter Wing flies alongside an F-35 Lightning II from the 33rd Fighter Wing over the Emerald Coast in northwest Florida May 18, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Savanah Bray/Flickr)
February 11, 2023

Another “high altitude airborne object” was shot down by a U.S. F-22 Raptor in Canadian airspace on Saturday. This is the third aerial object that U.S. forces have shot down in just one week.

Canadian President Justin Trudeau confirmed the situation on Twitter, writing that both Canadian and U.S. aircraft were scrambled to take down the object.

“I ordered the take down of an unidentified object that violated Canadian airspace. @NORADCommand shot down the object over the Yukon. Canadian and U.S. aircraft were scrambled, and a U.S. F-22 successfully fired at the object,” Trudeau wrote.

“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,” he added.

The Pentagon said North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) first detected the mysterious object over Alaska on Friday, monitoring it with the help of the Alaska Air National Guard and “tracking it closely and taking time to characterize the nature of the object.”

“A U.S. F-22 shot down the object in Canadian territory using an AIM 9X missile following close coordination between U.S. and Canadian authorities, to include a call today between Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Minister of Defence Anita Anand,” the Pentagon’s statement read.

“As Canadian authorities conduct recovery operations to help our countries learn more about the object, the Federal Bureau of Investigation will be working closely with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police,” it added.

President Joe Biden ordered another unidentified object in the skies of Alaska to be shot down on Friday, less than week after a Chinese surveillance balloon was downed following a flight across the United States.

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.