Australian journalist Ross Coulthart has mentioned a previously unheard of UAP incident last February during an interview on NewsNation. According to his sources, the event took place on February 1, 2023 over the Arctic Circle, 3 days before a Chinese spy balloon was shot down by US forces.
Between 8 and 9 objects were reportedly spotted by NORAD. The agency then dispatched several fighter jets in an unsuccessful attempt to intercept the objects. The journalist's 3 sources indicate that the objects escaped the American fighters by flying at "very high speed".
This information is echoed by Christopher K. Mellon, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence under the Clinton and Bush administrations.
"I’ve heard that Fighter jets were deployed from NORAD to engage with those objects and that they were seen to maneuver away, apparently at high speed. Have you heard those allegations? I've heard it now from three different people."
"Yeah, I've heard the same thing and from an individual who would have plausible reason to know. But this really speaks to a much larger issue, which is the lack of information from the Air Force about UAP, generally."
Having questioned the Pentagon about this incident, Ross Coulthart was redirected to NORAD by the Department of Defense. NORAD denied the information, stating that some fighters were indeed flying in the area that day, but that no interception maneuvers had been carried out.
"NORAD did not scramble fighter jets over the Arctic Circle on February 1, 2023, to intercept any reported UAP. We did have some NORAD aircraft begin to return to their home bases from multiple locations across the Arctic, amongst other areas, including then-Thule Air Base, now-Pituffik Space Base, starting February 1, as they had participated in our Operation NOBLE DEFENDER. The operation ran from January 15-31, 2023."
This new case, unknown up until now, reopens the case of the various objects shot down last February in the wake of the Chinese balloon, particularly the one shot down in Alaska on February 10, for which, to date, no explanation or confirmation has been given by the US administration as to its origin.
According to the journalist's sources, this particular object had abnormal characteristics, appearing to have remotely interfered with the sensors of the fighters that came to intercept it.
“And moreover, it was reported in media that there was something anomalous about the Alaska object in particular, which somehow remotely interfered with the sensor systems of the U.S. fighter jets that tried to intercept it.”
Even more surprisingly, when the object was shot down, White House spokesman John Kirby assured us that recovery operations would take place.
"It fell not only within our territorial space, but on what we believe is frozen water. So, a recovery effort will be made."
Navy Admiral John F. Kirby
It is important to note that 8 months later, no statement has been made regarding the origin of this object. There is no certainty that the object was even recovered.
Even more interestingly, while the public was led to believe that the objects shot down last February were detected only after NORAD had adjusted its sensors following the interception of the Chinese balloon, this new case around the Arctic Circle seems to prove otherwise.
If this close encounter on February 1st is confirmed, then the US air force was attempting to intercept unknown objects before upgrading its radars.
This raises the question of how many recent intercepts of anomalous objects in the sky are still classified to this day.
Main picture: Thule Air Base, by USAF - Source : Air Force Weather (image), Public Domain