- Nov 23, 2020
If it was at 36,000' it's highly unlikely to have been a "cruise missile". To assist in survivability, they tend to operate at very low altitude:
Cruise missiles (not counting air-launched variants, such as Stormshadow) only hug the terrain when they approach their target.
The first part of the flight path for a ground-launched missile, requires a climb to typically between 8km and 20km (to maximise range), which certainly overlaps the altitude of the Airbus.
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Is this the next step in disclosure?
Will the required Pentagon report in June add more information?
Probably going to open a can of worms here and pretty sure there is already a thread on the matter. ...
I finally got round to looking at some of the stuff released by the Pentagon. ...
There seems to be a follow up article on the initial website stating the Learjet possibility was investigated but ruled out.The analysis at Metabunk suggests this may have been a Lear Jet 5000 feet above the Airbus.
I'm not entirely convinced - the timings don't quite match up - but whatever it was, it almost certainly wasn't a cruise missile.