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US DoD and Canadian DND Statements on NORAD Actions ~ UPDATED

Library image of US Air Force F-22 Raptors from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson over Alaska [US Air Force: SSgt James Richardson]

Statement on today’s [12 February] actions by NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense) Command against an airborne object.


Press Release, Washington DC, 12 February 2023: Today at 2:42 p.m. ET [19:42 GMT], at the direction of President Biden, and based on the recommendations of Secretary Austin and military leadership, an F-16 fired an AIM9x to successfully shoot down an airborne object flying at approximately 20,000 feet altitude in US airspace over Lake Huron in the State of Michigan. Its path and altitude raised concerns, including that it could be a hazard to civil aviation.

The location chosen for this shoot down afforded us the opportunity to avoid impact to people on the ground while improving chances for debris recovery. There are no indications of any civilians hurt or otherwise affected. North American Aerospace Defense Command detected the object Sunday morning and has maintained visual and radar tracking of it. Based on its flight path and data we can reasonably connect this object to the radar signal picked up over Montana, which flew in proximity to sensitive DOD sites. We did not assess it to be a kinetic military threat to anything on the ground, but assess it was a safety flight hazard and a threat due to its potential surveillance capabilities.

Our team will now work to recover the object in an effort to learn more.


US DoD Statement on today’s [11 February] actions by NORAD attributed to Pentagon Press Secretary Brigadier General Pat Ryder.

Press Release, Washington DC, 11 February 2023: Following a call between the Prime Minister of Canada and the President of the United States, President Biden authorised US fighter aircraft assigned to North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to work with Canada to take down a high-altitude airborne object over northern Canada today.

NORAD detected the object over Alaska late Friday evening. Two F-22 aircraft from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska monitored the object over US airspace with the assistance of Alaska Air National Guard refuelling aircraft, tracking it closely and taking time to characterise the nature of the object. Monitoring continued today as the object crossed into Canadian airspace, with Canadian CF-18 and CP-140 aircraft joining the formation to further assess the object.

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


Statement from the Canadian Minister of National Defence.

Press Release, 10 February 2023: National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces.

The Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Anita Anand, issued the following statement:

“Today at the Pentagon, United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and I participated in a call with NORAD Commander, General Glen VanHerck regarding a high-altitude object detected over Alaska. The object did not fly into Canadian airspace.

“During this conversation, I conveyed Canada’s support for taking action to take down this object. NORAD deployed aircraft to track and monitor the object and provided important information to decision-makers – and the object was taken down earlier today by United States Northern Command.

“The Canadian Armed Forces, the Department of National Defence and I will continue to work closely with our American allies to ensure the protection of North American airspace.”


¤ See also:- Statements On Downing Of PRC Surveillance Balloon

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