The footage was posted online by To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science, a private scientific research group that aims to "help push science, technology, and ultimately humanity forward".
The publication of the purported military footage follows revelations previous year from The New York Times and Politico about the past Pentagon effort on unidentified aerial phenomena and the publication of two videos showing Navy pilots' encounters with unidentified objects.
"Look at that flying!" one of them says.
"This footage was captured by a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet using the Raytheon ATFLIR Pod that was being operated by a highly trained aerial observer and weapons system operator whom the government has spent millions of dollars to train", the research firm reports in a statement accompanying the video.More news: Budget session of Parliament: Stalemate on Day 6, protests continue
In October 2017, fighter jets were dispatched to investigate a odd object caught by radar, and sighted by pilots, flying along a commercial route in broad daylight over Oregon.
"Go Fast reveals a Navy encounter that occurred off the East Coast of the United States in 2015 and the object in view remains unidentified". The Pentagon has not commented on latest recording since its release. The fighter jets however found nothing.
Chris Mellon, an adviser to TTSA and a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence for the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post on Friday arguing that more attention needs to be directed to the issue, or the USA risks being "technologically leap-frogged by Russian Federation or China".
Yet not enough is being done by the government to investigate these encounters, Mellon contends in the piece.
"There is no Pentagon process for synthesizing all the observations the military is making".More news: World stocks bask in U.S. jobs data glow
The event has resurrected calls for UFO sightings to be taken seriously by the USA government.
"Nobody wants to be "the alien guy" in the national security bureaucracy; nobody wants to be ridiculed or sidelined for drawing attention to the issue", Mellon said to The Washington Post in an interview.
"It is time to set aside taboos regarding "UFOs" and instead listen to our pilots and radar operators". "This is true up and down the chain of command, and it is a serious and recurring impediment to progress".
Past year in a report by the New York Times, Pentagon acknowledged they shelved a program in 2012 that was devoted to identifying unknown space objects claiming there "were other, higher priority issues" that deserved funding.
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"Unfortunately, we have no idea, because we aren't even seeking answers".
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