‘Mysterious’ drone incursions into Guam THAAD missile site reported

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper tours the THAAD missile facility on Guam during his recent visit to the island. (USDOD photo)

There have been reports of “mysterious” drone incursions at the site of a U.S. missile defense system here on Guam

According to The Drive, an online publication about military equipment, there were “repeated” incursions by unmanned aircraft that appeared to be “extremely interested in one highly sensitive area of the highly strategic base, the U.S. Army’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery that is tasked with defending the island from ballistic missile attacks.”

The Drive was able to confirm that at least one of the incidents did occur through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by which the publication obtained a copy of the relevant entry from the Air Force’s 36th Security Forces Squadron’s internal crime blotter.

The Drive, quoting the Air Force blotter, reported that the relevant entry describes the “possible drone” as being of an “unknown color and size, [with a] bright white light.”

“Tower #2 personnel were unable to provide any further description,” the blotter entry continued.

The Drive article, entitled “Mysterious Drone Incursions Have Occurred Over U.S. THAAD Anti-Ballistic Missile Battery In Guam” written by Tyler Rogoway and Joseph Trevithick, pointed out that the apparent drone incursions come at a time when tension between the U.S. and China are on the rise.

China has declared that Guam would be one of its priority targets in the event of a war with the U.S. and the THAAD missile battery here is supposed to protect the island from Chinese or North Korean missile attacks.