According to the editor of Time Inc’s The War Zone, Tyler Rogoway, trackers now installed on U.S. fighter jets could give them greater capacity to detect UFO’s.
Rogoway writes that he recently realized that infrared search and track systems (IRSTs) implemented by the Pentagon on the Navy’s Super Hornet fleet as well as the Air Force’s fighter aircraft, including the F-15C, “make them ideal for detecting, tracking, and further investigating the puzzling objects Navy pilots report encountering.” He adds, “In those cases, the craft are hard to continuously track on radar and in some cases, active jamming seemed to be employed against the pursuing fighter’s radars. In either case, the IRST would have remained totally unaffected.”
Rogoway refers to the spate of incidents in which pilots have reported encounters with mysterious aircraft, noting:
The events off the eastern seaboard in 2014-2015 were remarkably widespread. Yet the base commanders seemed to have received no explanations or help from higher powers even after a safety report was filed following a near miss with a strange object. In the end, they resorted to posting Notices To Airman (NOTAMs) supposedly stating that there were hazards in the sky outside of their control in the restricted training areas where their pilots frequently drill. If these events crop back up again, that is if they ever really stopped entirely, aircrews and base commanders will likely know far more about the nature of what they are seeing then they did before the deployment of advanced IRSTs.
In May, Joseph Gradisher, a spokesperson for Vice Admiral Matthew Kohler, the deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare, told NBC News MACH, “There have been a number of reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled ranges and designated air space in recent years.”
The Navy issued a statement to Politico, asserting, “There have been a number of reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled ranges and designated air space in recent years. For safety and security concerns, the Navy and the [U.S. Air Force] takes these reports very seriously and investigates each and every report. As part of this effort, the Navy is updating and formalizing the process by which reports of any such suspected incursions can be made to the cognizant authorities. A new message to the fleet that will detail the steps for reporting is in draft.”
The Daily Wire reported in May:
The New York Times has collected some of their stories, including that of Lt. Ryan Graves, an F/A-18 Super Hornet pilot. Graves has been with the Navy for 10 years, but in 2014 and 2015, he saw something he couldn’t explain. The Times described the objects seen by Graves and other pilots as having “no visible engine or infrared exhaust plumes,” able to “reach 30,000 feet and hypersonic speeds,” and at least one of which spun like a “top moving against the wind.” Graves said these objects, which appeared between summer 2014 and March 2015, “would be out there all day.” …
Another pilot, Lt. Danny Accoin, maneuvered below one of the objects. He told the Times he was close enough to where he should have been able to see it but could not. A few days later, the object re-emerged, and this time a training missile locked onto it. Accoin said his infrared camera locked on, too.