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Breaking news! The US Military is unable to shoot down Chinese balloon (possible EMPs) because they are to high!

 
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Breaking news! The US Military is unable to shoot down Chinese balloon (possible EMPs) because they are to high!
Has china won world war 3?


If it is indeed an EMP America is basically defenseless

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Why doesn't the US just shoot down the suspected Chinese spy balloon floating around parts of the country like a growing chorus of GOP lawmakers, as well as former President Donald Trump, are demanding?




Attempting to take out the high-altitude balloon with the air defense systems the US has is "very difficult," it's hard to engage it with fighter aircraft, and shooting it down also risks injuries and fatalities on the ground, explained Brynn Tannehill, a former naval aviator and senior technical analyst at the RAND Corporation think tank.

Balloons like the one that was spotted this week over the continental US can operate at more than 100,000 feet, and according to Tannehill, most US anti-air weapons systems were not "designed" to eliminate targets that high up.

Most systems "weren't designed to shoot down things operating at the kinds of high altitude balloons can operate at," Tannehill said, explaining that an aircraft would likely struggle to get close enough to it to get within gun range, either.



Pentagon spokesman Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder said on Friday that the Chinese balloon is estimated to be operating at about 60,000 feet, "well above the range of civilian air traffic or where civilian air traffic would normally fly." That puts it in range of some systems, but there are other challenges. And it is still a potential stretch for many fighter aircraft.

The US Air Force's top air superiority fighter, the fifth-generation F-22 Raptor, which the US military scrambled in response to the Chinese balloon, has a maximum operating altitude of over 50,000 feet, according to the Air Force.
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Darn, if only the U.S. devoted billions of dollars to defense... If only they developed "Star Wars" technology during the 80s, they might have a chance at hitting it!
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The US has anti satellite weapons, I think they can shoot down a balloon.
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Has china won world war 3?


If it is indeed an EMP America is basically defenseless

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Why doesn't the US just shoot down the suspected Chinese spy balloon floating around parts of the country like a growing chorus of GOP lawmakers, as well as former President Donald Trump, are demanding?




Attempting to take out the high-altitude balloon with the air defense systems the US has is "very difficult," it's hard to engage it with fighter aircraft, and shooting it down also risks injuries and fatalities on the ground, explained Brynn Tannehill, a former naval aviator and senior technical analyst at the RAND Corporation think tank.

Balloons like the one that was spotted this week over the continental US can operate at more than 100,000 feet, and according to Tannehill, most US anti-air weapons systems were not "designed" to eliminate targets that high up.

Most systems "weren't designed to shoot down things operating at the kinds of high altitude balloons can operate at," Tannehill said, explaining that an aircraft would likely struggle to get close enough to it to get within gun range, either.



Pentagon spokesman Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder said on Friday that the Chinese balloon is estimated to be operating at about 60,000 feet, "well above the range of civilian air traffic or where civilian air traffic would normally fly." That puts it in range of some systems, but there are other challenges. And it is still a potential stretch for many fighter aircraft.

The US Air Force's top air superiority fighter, the fifth-generation F-22 Raptor, which the US military scrambled in response to the Chinese balloon, has a maximum operating altitude of over 50,000 feet, according to the Air Force.
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According to wikipedia the F22 can reach 65,000 feet.

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Why is the US obsessed with having geriatrics running the place?
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The US has anti satellite weapons, I think they can shoot down a balloon.
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that

(hint hint - SPACE WARS)
They have us completely surrounded...those poor bastards
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Has china won world war 3?


If it is indeed an EMP America is basically defenseless

[link to www.businessinsider.com (secure)]



Why doesn't the US just shoot down the suspected Chinese spy balloon floating around parts of the country like a growing chorus of GOP lawmakers, as well as former President Donald Trump, are demanding?




Attempting to take out the high-altitude balloon with the air defense systems the US has is "very difficult," it's hard to engage it with fighter aircraft, and shooting it down also risks injuries and fatalities on the ground, explained Brynn Tannehill, a former naval aviator and senior technical analyst at the RAND Corporation think tank.

Balloons like the one that was spotted this week over the continental US can operate at more than 100,000 feet, and according to Tannehill, most US anti-air weapons systems were not "designed" to eliminate targets that high up.

Most systems "weren't designed to shoot down things operating at the kinds of high altitude balloons can operate at," Tannehill said, explaining that an aircraft would likely struggle to get close enough to it to get within gun range, either.



Pentagon spokesman Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder said on Friday that the Chinese balloon is estimated to be operating at about 60,000 feet, "well above the range of civilian air traffic or where civilian air traffic would normally fly." That puts it in range of some systems, but there are other challenges. And it is still a potential stretch for many fighter aircraft.

The US Air Force's top air superiority fighter, the fifth-generation F-22 Raptor, which the US military scrambled in response to the Chinese balloon, has a maximum operating altitude of over 50,000 feet, according to the Air Force.
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Listen you dumb mother fuckers in the Pentagon. The F-22 can fly at 65,000 feet so shoot the fucking balloon down now and stop acting like a school girl. Fucking bitches. On top of that with the world's largest budget, spent on bringing drag queens into the force... you should have thought already that China would be testing out balloons for their EMP delivery. Fucking MORONS. Every Rear Echelon Mother Fucker (REMF) working at the Pentagon should be lined up and shot and maybe the US would have a fighting chance at winning a war.
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This could be a Chinese first strike
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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 85179757


This could be a Chinese first strike
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It could also be a Chinese last strike.
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Could be a Chinese no strike weather balloon.
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Two notes:


MIM - 104 Patriot
“ While the PAC-2 is able to intercept targets up to an altitude of 20 km (66,000 ft), the PAC-3 can destroy incoming missiles at an altitude of 40 km (130,000 ft).[31]

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THAAD-,Terminal High Altitude Area Defense

Flight ceiling
150 km (93 mi)[1]
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Has china won world war 3?


If it is indeed an EMP America is basically defenseless

[link to www.businessinsider.com (secure)]



Why doesn't the US just shoot down the suspected Chinese spy balloon floating around parts of the country like a growing chorus of GOP lawmakers, as well as former President Donald Trump, are demanding?




Attempting to take out the high-altitude balloon with the air defense systems the US has is "very difficult," it's hard to engage it with fighter aircraft, and shooting it down also risks injuries and fatalities on the ground, explained Brynn Tannehill, a former naval aviator and senior technical analyst at the RAND Corporation think tank.

Balloons like the one that was spotted this week over the continental US can operate at more than 100,000 feet, and according to Tannehill, most US anti-air weapons systems were not "designed" to eliminate targets that high up.

Most systems "weren't designed to shoot down things operating at the kinds of high altitude balloons can operate at," Tannehill said, explaining that an aircraft would likely struggle to get close enough to it to get within gun range, either.



Pentagon spokesman Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder said on Friday that the Chinese balloon is estimated to be operating at about 60,000 feet, "well above the range of civilian air traffic or where civilian air traffic would normally fly." That puts it in range of some systems, but there are other challenges. And it is still a potential stretch for many fighter aircraft.

The US Air Force's top air superiority fighter, the fifth-generation F-22 Raptor, which the US military scrambled in response to the Chinese balloon, has a maximum operating altitude of over 50,000 feet, according to the Air Force.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 84968196

Listen you dumb mother fuckers in the Pentagon. The F-22 can fly at 65,000 feet so shoot the fucking balloon down now and stop acting like a school girl. Fucking bitches. On top of that with the world's largest budget, spent on bringing drag queens into the force... you should have thought already that China would be testing out balloons for their EMP delivery. Fucking MORONS. Every Rear Echelon Mother Fucker (REMF) working at the Pentagon should be lined up and shot and maybe the US would have a fighting chance at winning a war.
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Now now you can't expect for them to do their jobs! They might get blamed for one tiny little aspect of something they didn't do absolutely perfect, and....well just think of their CAREERS! How can they be expected to put themselves out there like that! They have a PENSION and a lucrative post military career in the military industrial complex or politics afterwards! You can't just expect them to risk all of that over something "trivial" like doing their sworn duty!!!
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I am a Democratic People’s Republic Of Korea operative working on behalf of the Peoples Republic Of China, currently in Beijing for consultation with the Chinese Dragon Families.

That is not a spy balloon.

It is a prototype of a Star Wars Death Star modelled on the Space Probe From Orion called mistakenly by westerners as NeeBeeru ( or is it Nibiru? ). Our Alien Progenitors Of The Oriental Race has instructed the Chinese Government to construct millions of such small Death Stars As A Retaliation due to the American Anglo Saxon Blackops in the form of SARS, Swine Flu and SARS COV-2 to degrade Oriental genetics.

These Death Stars Will Be Activated Once The diabolical American Anglo Saxon Axis Of Evil Crosses The Red Line. Please Be Warned. There Will Be Consequences For Your Belligerence And Recalcitrance.







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F-22 Raptor has a unclassified ceiling of 65K, actually is much higher.....more than enough to down the balloon ....if they want to...
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Why are the US military getting high when they should be manning their stations?
The chariots of God are tens of thousands, and thousands of thousands.
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If only we had some type of space force.
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The US military is always useless when it comes to US interests.

They are absolutely USELESS to America and American citizens. USELESS FUKKS they are.
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This could be a Chinese first strike
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More like first anal swab

just bend over and take it for hours
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They need to learn to handle their shit then. Sober up if they have to.
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What about the X-37B and it's particle beam weapon? HUH????
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US Military too high? Sounds about right.

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Sending rocket that costs millions to destroy baloon worth 10k usd. They want to deplete your THAAD and PAC3 systems. After shooting this down they will send another and another....
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The US military is always useless when it comes to US interests.

They are absolutely USELESS to America and American citizens. USELESS FUKKS they are.
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bump
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I have something HIGHER !

Psalm 18:1-2 (King James Version)

I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
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It’s official, Chinese Balloon defeats the US Military. China discovered the ultimate weapon…balloons that fly too high!
Sic Semper Tyrannis.

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IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.
WAR IS PEACE.
STAYING APART BRINGS US TOGETHER." NWO Mantra
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SIMPLY, fucking bullshit. They're worried about where the wreckage would fall, AND they want to try to get their hands on it to check their tech.

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Your title is wrong OP.

Its not "to high."

Its: "Too high."
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Your title is wrong OP.

Its not "to high."

Its: "Too high."
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TBC-whocares
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If you believe that, I have a bridge for sale. Goes from the US to China.





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