New Discovery Made About Chinese Spy Balloon

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( – The Chinese spy balloon which traversed through the United States in February before being shot down off the Carolinas coast was reportedly built using some American-made parts, according to a recent report.

While the Wall Street Journal was the first to report that the balloon had also contained some U.S.-made equipment, the Pentagon has not yet confirmed these findings. Specifically, the report noted that some of the equipment used for capturing video and photos as well as collecting information had been created in America.

U.S. officials reportedly told the outlet that this information had been the result of the preliminary findings in the investigation that the government was leading. Pentagon spokesman Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder did not provide any comments on the balloon and argued that defense officials did know of cases where the militaries of other countries have employed American equipment, including drones for their operations. He added that this is not surprising based on the balloon and its capabilities.

He proceeded to argue that while the balloon did have the ability to gather intelligence while traveling across the U.S., it has now been determined that no information was collected during the transit.

The balloon was brought down by U.S. fighter jets on Feb. 4 off the South Carolina coast. This was days after the balloon was first spotted over Montana. Following the balloon being brought down, government agencies collected the debris to investigate the balloon’s capabilities further.

The State Department has revealed that the balloon did have antennas used to collect communications and was powered through solar panels.

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