Wednesday, 13 December, 2017

Iranian Drone Forces US Plane to Take Evasive Action

Iranian Drone Comes Close to US Fighter Jet, Jet Takes Evasive Action Iranian drone forces US jet to take evasive action
Andrew Cummings | 09 August, 2017, 00:26

The US Navy F/A-18E was in a holding pattern as it prepared to land on the USS Nimitz when the drone flew just 100 feet away, an official said.

This the 13th unsafe and or unprofessional interaction between American and Iranian maritime forces this year, according to a statement from the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command. The drone got within 100 feet below the USA aircraft and 200 feet to the side, according to the reports.

A statement released by the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said that the small drone's actions were unsafe and failed to follow worldwide maritime laws and customs.

Hours before the incident, the drone was about 4 nautical miles from the Nimitz at an altitude of about 7,000 feet, the official said.

The jet was still several thousand feet above the Nimitz.

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The jet had to maneuver to avoid collision with the QOM-1, coming just 200 feet laterally and 100 feet vertically of each other. It did eventually move off.

But this appears to be the first time an Iranian drone has come dangerously close to a United States fighter plane in the Gulf. Officials, cited by CNN, described the UAV's movements as unsafe.

That was the second time this year that a U.S ship fired warning shots at an Iranian vessel in the Persian Gulf. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps ship came at the USS Thunderbolt at high speeds.

Last month, sailors aboard the USS Thunderbolt, a Cyclone-class patrol ship, fired warning shots near an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps military boat when it sped within 150 yards of the USA ship in the northern Persian Gulf.

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