Over the Atlantic Ocean, the US military shoots down a Chinese spy balloon

In order to discuss the breaking news that the Chinese spy balloon had been shot down, General Jack Keane joined “Fox News Live.”

Over the Atlantic Ocean, the Chinese spy balloon was shot down by the American military, according to Fox News.

According to Fox News sources, U.S. military fighter jets shot down the balloon on Saturday afternoon while it was off the coast of South Carolina.

One A9X missile was fired, according to a senior U.S. military official, and an F-22 was used to bring the balloon down at a height of 58,000 feet.

During a briefing on Thursday afternoon, a senior defense official stated that the United States government is “confident” the surveillance balloon is coming from the People’s Republic of China.

Biden’s response

On Saturday, when a reporter inquired about the balloon, Biden responded, “We’re going to take care of it.”

A senior U.S. official told Fox News that the government is considering a plan to shoot the balloon down while it is over the Atlantic Ocean, where it won’t harm people on the ground.

The official continued that the balloon might be recovered by the American government.

The defense official revealed during the briefing on Thursday that the balloon had previously been spotted over Montana, where it was decided not to shoot it down due to the risks.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin, III said in a statement after the balloon was shot down that “President Biden gave his authorization to take down the surveillance balloon as soon as the mission could be accomplished without undue risk to American lives under the balloon’s path.”

The analysis leads to a response

“After careful analysis, U.S. military commanders had determined downing the balloon while over land posed an undue risk to people across a wide area due to the size and altitude of the balloon and its surveillance payload.

“In accordance with the President’s direction, the Department of Defense developed options to take down the balloon safely over our territorial waters, while closely monitoring its path and intelligence collection activities,” Austin said.

The official went on saying, “This action was taken in coordination, and with the full support, of the Canadian government. And we thank Canada for its contribution to tracking and analysis of the balloon through NORAD as it transited North America.

“Today’s deliberate and lawful action demonstrates that President Biden and his national security team will always put the safety and security of the American people first while responding effectively to the PRC’s unacceptable violation of our sovereignty,” he added.

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