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US shoots down suspected Chinese spy balloon

A U.S. military jet shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina on Saturday, ending a dramatic tale that has spotlighted deteriorating U.S.-China relations. .

“We shot it down successfully and I want to salute the aviators who made it happen,” President Joe Biden said.

Biden said Wednesday he had ordered the balloon to be lowered, but the Pentagon would wait until it was in open water to protect civilians from debris falling to Earth from thousands of meters above commercial air traffic. I was recommending that

Several fighter planes and tankers were involved in the mission, but only one F-22 fighter from Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, was killed at 2:39 pm (3:39 am on Sunday, Singapore time). ‘s AIM was used to fire. A senior U.S. military official said it was a 9X supersonic, heat-seeking air-to-air missile.

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