Earthly science does not know much about the nature and physical processes in the world to explain this phenomenon in the atmosphere or mysterious marks on radar screens.
C̳h̳i̳n̳a̳ also notes the increased activity of U̳F̳O̳s, which are going to be determined using AI.
“The frequent occurrence of unidentified air conditions in recent years… brings severe challenges to air defense security of our country,” said Chen Li, a researcher with C̳h̳i̳n̳a̳’s Air Force Early Warning Academy, in a 2019 report to the country’s top information technology scientists attained by the South C̳h̳i̳n̳a̳ Morning Post.
According to the report, the PLA considers the mysterious airborne objects as “unidentified air conditions” – a phrase which echoes the US military’s “unidentified aerial phenomena” – but to the public they are better known as U̳F̳O̳s.
Chen states that human analysts have been overwhelmed in recent years by the rapidly mounting sighting reports from a wide range of military and civilian sources across the country.
Li said that AI can “think outside the box” by connecting seemingly disparate pieces of data sets from various locations and times. Doing so can help the PLA more quickly and concretely assess whether the U̳F̳O̳s are craft from hostile countries, a natural occurrence, or even something otherworldly.
The only time when C̳h̳i̳n̳a̳ has officially confirmed a U̳F̳O̳ sighting was in 1998, when two military jets had to intercept a low-flying object that looked like a “short-legged mushroom” with two beams of lights from its centre; when approached, the object increased speed until it reached over 20,000 metres before disappearing in a “ghostlike” manner.
While C̳h̳i̳n̳a̳ is investigating possible extra-terrestrial crafts, the United States is also set to release a report into its own examination of strange objects spotted by Navy pilots.