The truth is out there, remember, and now the U.S. claims it has the weapon to shoot down the mysterious and sometimes, according to Hollywood, the mischievous UFOs dangling in the sky without warning or explanation.
The 9X is the latest iteration of the Sidewinder and began to be deployed in 2003. Defense officials say their use against UFOs such as balloons is new.
They say its smaller warhead and its shorter range allowed the AIM-9X to be deployed more safely and effectively compared to other missiles like the AIM-120, General Glen VanHerck, the commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, told reporters on Feb. 6.
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UFO Suspected As U.S. Fighter Jets Shoot Down 4 Objects
The incidents are part of a heightened alert in response to this balloon, according to General Glen VanHerck, head of NORAD but UFO? MORE
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