It was an F-22 fighter jet that took the shot at 2:39 p.m. EST (1939 GMT), using an AIM-9X supersonic air-to-air missile.
Boom. A Chinese spy balloon the size of three buses that strayed into US airspace was shot down with a single missile, showed a video. On Friday, the Pentagon said it had surveillance capabilities.
It said it may make “necessary responses” to the move after expressing “strong dissatisfaction.”
President Joe Biden said, “We took it down successfully, and I want to praise our aviators.”
Reuters photographer who witnessed the shootdown said a jet stream hit the balloon, but there wasn’t an explosion. Then it started falling, he said.
A F-22 fighter jet fired the shot at 2:39 p.m. (1939 GMT), using an AIM-9X supersonic, heat-seeking missile.
It first entered US airspace on January 28 before moving into Canadian airspace on Monday. A US defense official said it reentered US airspace on January 31.
According to a US official, Washington called it a “clear violation” of US sovereignty.
An “airship” used for meteorological and other scientific purposes strayed into US airspace, China said.
Pentagon says it’s just the latest in a string of Chinese spy balloon activities. It said another Chinese balloon was flying over Latin America on Friday.
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