New trackers on U.S. fighter jets could make it easier for them to detect UFOs, an aviation expert has said.
The infrared search and track systems (IRSTs) are designed to hunt down enemy planes - but could also have the side-effect of helping pilots to investigate unexplained objects.
Military writer Tyler Rogoway said the technology has existed for decades but is now 'exponentially more capable' and could be a 'revolutionary' step in gathering UFO data.
Writing for The War Zone, of which he is the editor, he said the Navy's Super Hornet fleet and Air Force planes including the F-15C are due to get the sensors in the near future.
The new technology 'could result in a major breakthrough, or at least a major uptick, when it comes to detecting and gathering information on so-called unidentified flying objects, if they are indeed out there,' he said.
It 'could even serve as the final technological element needed to springboard potentially revolutionary data collection on the phenomenon,' he added.
As a result the Pentagon may get 'more than it bargained for' with the new technology, he suggested.
The IRSTs would be able to detect more because of their highly sensitive equipment and fast computer processing, Rogoway said.
The new equipment is an upgrade compared to regular radar technology, which has certain limitations.
One advantage of IRSTs is that, unlike radars, they do not emit any energy themselves.
That makes the detection system, in itself, harder to detect, and much harder to jam.
In addition, the IRST will keep working and tracking enemy aircraft even if the plane's radar system fails, he said.
As a result, the technology could be of great help to American pilots against stealthy aircraft nearby.'
Read more: U.S. fighter jets to get 'UFO trackers': New radar being fitted to military aircraft to track enemy planes will also make it easier to pinpoint unexplained objects, expert says
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