Indian forces had witnessed 'balloon-type objects' over Andamans in 2022
New Delhi, February 25: Indian defence forces had witnessed, in 2022, objects similar to the alleged Chinese spy balloon busted by the American Air Force. in the skies over the Andaman and Nicobar Islands territories.
However, unlike the Americans, no action was taken as the origin and the intent of the balloon-type object were not clear. "Quite some time back, we had witnessed the balloon-type white object over the Andamans and high-resolution pics of the object were taken by our people from ground," defence officials told ANI.
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However, the intent or the origin of the balloon-type object was not clear. It was also not clear whether it had come from Myanmar or China but it moved away from there after three to four days, they said.
At that time, it was also felt that it could have been a meteorological balloon as many such balloons come over India from the Pakistan side too due to winds, they said.
The officials said if such an object appeared again over the Andamans or any other region, it would be studied carefully and if it was found to be a spying object, it could be brought down.
The Americans spotted many of these balloons over their skies which had come there evading multiple American chains of radars. The Americans downed one of the balloons using their F-22 Raptor fighter jets.
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