unidentified aircraft

unidentified aircraft

An aircraft that has been observed or reported to be operating in a given area but whose identity has not been established. It might be considered as a “strayed aircraft” by one unit and as “unidentified” by another. As soon as an ATS (air traffic services) unit becomes aware of an unidentified aircraft, it will try to establish its identity by attempting to establish two-way communications, inquiring from and taking assistance from other ATS units, and obtaining information from other aircraft in the area. In air defense operations, an unidentified aircraft must be assumed hostile until identified as friendly, and suitable actions are initiated accordingly. During peacetime, an unidentified aircraft may not be fired at until it is positively identified as hostile or is seen committing a hostile act.
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Following the raid, the popular forces vowed to target any unidentified aircraft near its bases.
When an unidentified aircraft, manned or unmanned, is sighted in the fire area, all air operations must shut down immediately, posing a significant risk to fire personnel and suspending crucial air suppression tactics.
Following the matter, navy recently introduced a new protocol, under which the pilots have been updated with a guideline for how the pilots will report about the sighting unidentified aircraft. (ANI)
He said: "The department will continue to investigate, through normal procedures, reports of unidentified aircraft encountered by US military aviators in order to ensure the defence of the homeland and protection against strategic surprise by our nation's adversaries."
Since then, pilots have kept a constant vigil as part of the Quick Reaction Alert operation, which responds to unidentified aircraft.
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