“We might be the system that caught the first evidence of E.T. out there,” said Aaron Maestas, director of engineering and chief engineer for Surveillance and Targeting Systems at Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems business. “But I’m not surprised we were able to see it. ATFLIR is designed to operate on targets that are traveling in excess of Mach 1. It’s a very agile optical system with a sensitive detector that can distinguish between the cold sky and the hot moving target quite easily.” ATFLIR stands for Raytheon’s Advanced Targeting Forward Look Infrared sensor, which was mounted under one of the F-18’s that captured footage of an Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon off the southern California coast in 2004. The quote comes from a Raytheon post, entitled The UFO spotter –
Navy pilots used Raytheon tech to track a strange UFO.
This December the New York Times broke the story of the Department of Defense’s Advanced Aerospace Threat ID program along with the 2004 footage of an Unidentified Flying Object captured by Raytheon’s ATFLIR. Discussion of UFO’s has gone mainstream since the New York Times’ article and the government’s acknowledgement of the existence of their shadowy program to investigate unidentified aerial phenomenon. The CIA even posted a tweet with instructions and guidelines for UFO hunters. This apparent shift in the Government’s agenda has raised suspicions that a possible limited hangout may be underway; that is a controlled release of information meant to obscure further truths and revelations while satiating the public’s interest. We now have the participation of a Department of Defense contractor along with the CIA in a shift toward normalizing the hunt for UFOs.