“Possible to detect all areas of airspace with air defense control radar”
At the time, no tracks were detected by the Air Force radar.
The military authorities announced on the 6th that the Chinese balloon recently shot down by the United States did not pass through Korean airspace during the flight.
Jeon Ha-gyu, spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense, said in a regular briefing that day, “Given the height of the ‘Chinese balloon’ evaluated by the US side and our anti-aircraft surveillance capability, we are on this when judging that it didn’t go through our airspace.” Spokesman Jeon explained this when asked about the possibility that the balloon passed through the southwest of the Korean Peninsula, based on the route estimated by the US authorities, and detected by the military.
Spokesman Jeon added, “Our air defense control radar is able to detect all parts of the airspace,” adding, “At that time, no tracks were detected by our Air Force radar.”
The ‘Chinese balloon’, which was first seen over the Aleutian Islands west of Alaska on the 28th of last month, entered northern Idaho on the 31st of last month. Since the 1st, he has stayed over Montana. Montana is home to military facilities such as the underground launch pad for the US intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). On the 4th (local time), the US military assumed that the Chinese balloon that invaded its airspace was a ‘high altitude reconnaissance vehicle’ and mobilized F-22 fighter jets to shoot it down.
The Chinese authorities strongly protested the shooting down of the United States, arguing that the plane shot down this time was not for reconnaissance, but for civilian meteorological observation.