The long-awaited Pentagon report into so-called “UAPs” warns that the unexplained phenomena represent a danger to air traffic, and could be a radical new weapon developed by an enemy of the US.
The report stopped short of describing the unidentified flying objects as extraterrestrial in origin.
While concluding that the origin of the objects remains “unknown” the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force [UAPTF] said that they could “represent sophisticated [data] collection against U.S. military activities by a foreign government or demonstrate a breakthrough aerospace technology by a potential adversary”.
Noting that many encounters could have gone unreported because pilots feared having their credibility doubted, the report said: "Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force finds 144 reports of UAPs originated from USG [US Government] sources, with 80 involving observation with multiple sensors”.
Ruling out the debunkers’ theories that the bizarre sightings are simply misidentifications of perfectly normal aircraft or other phenomena the report states: “UAP have been detected near military facilities or by aircraft carrying the USG’s most advanced sensor systems.”
However, the report adds that the radar and optical sensors on citing-edge military aircraft may not be entirely suited to the task: "The sensors mounted on US military platforms are typically designed to fulfil specific missions.
"As a result, those sensors are not generally suited for identifying UAP.”
Therefore, interpretation of the UAPs’ bizarre flight characteristics, which sometimes seem to defy the laws of physics, could be in part a result of military equipment not being calibrated to keep up with this entirely new kind of threat.
The report says: "UAP reportedly appeared to exhibit unusual flight characteristics. These observations could be the result of sensor errors, spoofing, or observer misperception and require additional rigorous analysis."
The reports stresses that there has been no hard evidence found of any extraterrestrial life or technology.
The UAPTF has collected 11 reports of documented instances in which pilots reported near-misses with a UAP.
Even if these unexplained objects are not being controlled by a person or government with hostile intent, the threat of a mid-air collision or other accident is significant.
The report is clearly labelled a “preliminary assessment” with many details reportedly kept back from publication.
The real story behind the UAP phenomenon is only just beginning.
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