US shoots down an airborne object in Canada

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An American F-22 fighter shot down an object over Yukon Territory, which borders Alaska. A Canadian official described the object as cylindrical and smaller than the Chinese surveillance balloon. It was picked up on radar by the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the US Northern Command over Montana on 10th February as it passed over Alaska. The object was shot down on the 11th February.

The object appears to be a “cylindrical object” smaller than the Chinese surveillance balloon that was shot down previously, Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand said at a news conference on Saturday 11th.

It was unclear what the object was, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada said it had violated Canadian airspace.

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.

Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 11, 2023

Some reports state at this object had a metal payload hanging from the underside (source).