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The US Air Force has been operating a globally deployed network of Rapid Attack Identification Detection Reporting Systems - satellite communications nodes that monitor civilian satellite communications signals and detecting the source of interference and jamming that could disrupt military communications dependent on those channels
Following the crash of a lone United States Air Force (USAF) F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 35th Fighter Wing off the northeast coast of Japan on 22 July, the Wing’s F-16s were ordered grounded for safety inspections.
A US Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed in the sea approximately 470 kilometers northeast of the northernmost Japanese island of Hokkaido at 11:30 a.m. on 22 July. the aircraft was enroute to North America at the time of the incident and the cause of the accident is, at this time, unknown. The pilot ejected and was rescued several hours later.