There were 510 unidentified flying objects detected in U.S. airspace in 2022, of which 171 could not be identified, Pentagon noted in its annual report on unidentified airborne phenomena, published by the Pentagon.
The report was prepared with input from a number of intelligence agencies, including the recently launched All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office or AARO. The data comes from a variety of possible sources, including intelligence agencies, the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Energy, NASA and other agencies, both civilian and military.
The report includes 510 catalog images of unidentified aerial phenomena, as unidentified flying objects are now called in the United States.
According to National Intelligence, 366 of the 510 objects have been reported since AARO formed in August 2022. Of those, 26 were identified as drones, 163 as balloons or similar objects, and six as birds or cellophane bags.
However, 171 of the reported flying objects remain uncharacterized and unclassified, according to the report, with some having unusual flight characteristics and requiring further analysis.
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The document said that most of the observations were made by the U.S. Navy and Air Force, which transmitted the data through official channels. Such phenomena continue to pose a threat to flight safety and in the context of potential data collection by adversaries. Many of the reports do not contain enough detail to reliably identify the phenomena they refer to.
According to intelligence, unidentified phenomena continue to be reported in areas where flight restrictions are in effect. True, the report said there may be more cameras and video surveillance in such areas than in other locations, causing such incidents to simply be recorded more frequently.
The report also notes that unidentified object sightings can be affected by weather conditions, lighting and atmospheric effects. The reports are based on eyewitness accounts of events and/or data provided by surveillance equipment, sensors that generally function properly and collect accurate data for initial assessments. However, it is also noted that some of the reported events may be the result of operator error or equipment failure.
The report, published by the Pentagon, added that so far there have been no cases of undetected flying objects colliding with U.S. aircraft, nor have UFOs affected the health of the people making these observations.