NSC Spokesman John Kirby appeared on Fox News on Sunday to discuss the objects shot over Lake Huron and Alaska.
Three objects were shot down last week – one over the Yukon in Canadian airspace and two over US airspace.
Joe Biden said Thursday that the three objects shot down by the $400,000 Sidewinder were likely weather balloons.
It is believed that one of the objects shot was a $10 balloon.
The Northern Illinois Bottlecap Balloon Brigade told Politico they believe the balloons were one of the $400,000 missiles fired by the military.
Cost of that balloon: $10-$15
NEW — The Northern Illinois Bottlecap Balloon Brigade told Politico they believe one of the balloons shot down by the military was theirs.
* Cost of those balloons: $10-$15
* Cost to launch the missile: $400,000https://t.co/mcbodTDxjf
— Sam Stein (@samstein) February 17, 2023
The U.S. military has canceled its recovery mission for the objects shot in Alaska and Lake Huron.
“The U.S. military, federal agencies, and Canadian partners conducted a systematic search of each area using a variety of capabilities, including airborne imagery and sensors, surface sensors and inspections, and subsurface scans and did not locate the wreckage.” – Northcom said in a statement.
“We don’t know exactly what these balloons were … we may never know,” Kirby said on Fox News Sunday.
After being asked about the cost of releasing the balloons, including the $12 hobby balloon and what it says about the nation’s defense, John Kirby said “We don’t know exactly what these balloons were … we may never know…”
— Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) February 19, 2023