Iranian drone buzzes F/A-18 Super Hornet during carrier landing

Iranian Drone Comes Close to US Fighter Jet, Jet Takes Evasive Action

An Iranian drone came within 30 meters of a U.S. Navy fighter jet that was waiting to land on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz as it traveled in the central Persian Gulf, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Central Command said Tuesday.

It's unclear whether the drone was armed or if Iranian military officials communicated with the Americans, who say they made repeated radio calls warning the drone's operator to keep away. However, while the incident ended with no issues, it is concerning that anyone could get a drone or any other aircraft this close to a U.S. Navy fighter jet. "The unsafe maneuver by the QOM-1 in the known vicinity of fixed-wing flight operations and at coincident altitude with operating aircraft created a collision hazard and is not in keeping with worldwide maritime customs and laws".

The statement also noted that this was the 13th time an unsafe or unprofessional action has taken place between Iranian and US maritime forces this year, according to ABC News.

The Super Hornet "did a roll over" the drone to avoid collision, a Naval official told Navy Times. The Navy deemed the interaction unsafe and unprofessional.

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Officials have hit out against the "unsafe and unprofessional" pilot of an Iranian drone after it came close to striking a USA jet in the Gulf.

In July, a US Navy patrol ship fired warning shots at an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps boat in the Gulf as it closed in on the American vessel.

In fact, this was the 13th unsafe and unprofessional interaction between the United States and Iranian maritime forces in 2017, the official said.

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