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US shoots down Chinese surveillance balloon over the Atlantic, debris recovered

8th February 2023 - 17:00 GMT | by Harry Lye in London


US personnel recover the debris of a Chinese high-altitude surveillance balloon used to collect intelligence on strategic sites. (Photo: US DoD)

The US shot down a Chinese high-altitude surveillance balloon and initiated efforts to recover the debris from the Atlantic Ocean. Analysis of the debris could inform US export control measures and provide insight into China's supply chain.

Analysis of the debris of the Chinese high-altitude surveillance balloon shot down by the US over the Atlantic could inform future export control measures.

In the aftermath of the USAF shooting down the now-infamous balloon, Blake Herzinger, non-resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, said US authorities would hope to get an idea of systems capabilities and components that can only come from gaining custody of Chinese equipment.

He added: 'Understanding the PRC's supply chain for high-tech sensors could inform export control measures.'

In recent years, the US has ramped up efforts to curtail export of components to the

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Harry Lye


Harry Lye

Harry Lye was Senior Naval Reporter at Shephard Media.

Harry joined the company in 2021, …

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