Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on February 11 that he had authorized the US F-22 fighter jet to shoot down an unidentified flying object in the airspace of Yukon, northwest Canada.
AP reported, according to the Canadian leader, he contacted US President Joe Biden about making the decision to shoot down the flying object. Mr. Trudeau added that Canada will recover the debris from the downed strange device for research.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), which coordinates actions between the US and Canada, confirmed it had detected the object flying at high altitude in northern Canada, but details as to what type of device is yet to be announced.
NORAD spokesman Major Olivier Gallant said Canadian and US military aircraft were deployed on the same mission and fighter The US F-22 shot down the strange object.
In the past 7 days, US F-22 fighters have shot down 3 objects appearing in the airspace of the US and Canada.
On February 10, the US Air Force also shot down a drone over the state of Alaska near the Canadian border. John Kirby, a spokesman for the US National Security Council, said the flying object was about the size of a small car, but it was not possible to determine whether the object was carrying a surveillance device.
According to Kirby, the flying object was shot down at an altitude of 13,000 meters and became a threat to civilian flights.
Previously, on February 4, the US shot down a large white balloon of China off the coast of South Carolina, which was suspected to be a spy device.
The Pentagon accused the balloons of being part of a large-scale surveillance program that China has been conducting “for the past few years”. According to the US, Chinese hot air balloons have flown over dozens of countries on five continents in recent years.
The Chinese side said that the US was “overdoing it” when it shot down the hot air balloon on February 4, and said it was just a weather balloon that had unfortunately strayed into US airspace.