US military drone saw UFO over Middle East – Pentagon

A silver translucent metallic orb floating 30,000 feet with no propulsive source encountered a Reaper drone

US military drone saw UFO over Middle East – Pentagon

US military drone saw UFO over Middle East – Pentagon

The “metallic orb” is the first spotted by an unmanned craft

The Pentagon on Wednesday declassified video shot by a US MQ-9 Reaper drone after it encountered an unidentified flying object zooming over the Middle East. The incident, reported last year, is the first such encounter by an unmanned aircraft with what the military has renamed Unexplained Anomalous Phenomena (UAP).

Explaining the video’s contents during a Senate hearing, Sean Kirkpatrick, director of the Pentagon’s All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), listing the attributes of the bright and shimmering “metallic orb” the military drone saw following a “spherical UAP.” 

“Silver. Translucent. Metallic. 10,000 to 30,000 feet [in the air] with apparent velocities from the stationary to mach to no thermal exhausts usually detected,” he said, noting the object had behaved “consistent with other ‘metallic orb’ observations in the region.”

In the past, a human observer has been all but required for UFO sightings, as human judgment was previously required to determine whether a craft’s movement exceeded the range of what was possible with existing technology. However, the Reaper’s camera was able to track and follow the orb without a human pilot present.

Kirkpatrick did not rule out that the orb could be “adversary breakthrough technology,” but admitted its speed and design were impressive and acknowledged it could fall under the heading of “known objects or phenomena” or even “extraterrestrials.” 

However, most of the time the AARO manages to determine what its airborne quarry is, Kirkpatrick told the Senate, hinting he had even tipped off the Defense Department and intelligence officials that the US’ foreign adversaries had technology Washington was totally unaware of.

The AARO was established in July with the aim of uniting all Defense Department and other federal agency efforts to detect, identify and attribute “anomalous, unidentified space, airborne, submerged, and transmedium objects.” The department was established after a Senate bill the previous year demanding US intelligence agencies spill their guts about “unidentified aerial phenomena” left legislators with more questions than answers.