NSC Spokesman John Kirby appeared on Fox News Sunday to discuss the objects that were shot down over Lake Huron and Alaska.
Three objects were shot down last week – over the Yukon in Canadian airspace and two over US airspace.
Joe Biden said Thursday that three of the objects hit by the $400,000 Sidewinders were weather balloons.
One of the objects hit is believed to be a $10 balloon.
The Northern Illinois Bottlecap Balloon Brigade told POLITICO they believe theirs was one of the balloons shot down by the military with a $400,000 missile.
Cost of that balloon: $10-$15
NEW – The Northern Illinois Bottlecap Balloon Brigade tells Politico it believes one of the balloons shot down by the military was theirs.
* Cost of that balloon: $10-$15
* Missile cost to shoot it down: $400,000https://t.co/mcbodTDxjf
— Sam Stein (@samstein) February 17, 2023
The US military halted its recovery operations for objects that had been shot down in Alaska and Lake Huron.
“The US military, federal agencies and Canadian partners conducted systematic searches of each area using a variety of capabilities, including airborne imagery and sensors, surface sensors and inspections, and subsurface scans, and no remains were found.” – NORTHCOM said in a statement.
“We don’t know exactly what these balloons are … we’ll never know,” Kirby said on Fox News Sunday.
When asked about the cost of shooting down balloons, including what a $12 hobby balloon might be and what it says about the country’s defense, John Kirby says “We don’t know exactly what these balloons are…we’ll never know…”
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