A USA military official Tuesday said an Iranian drone flew about 100 feet from an American fighter jet in the Persian Gulf in a potentially risky incident.
"The risky maneuver by the QOM-1.created a collision hazard and is not in keeping with global maritime customs and laws", the statement read, identifying the drone as an Iranian QOM-1 model, an unarmed UAV. There was no response from warning calls over the radio, so the jet fighter took evasive maneuvers to avoid colliding with the small craft before finally landing on the USS Nimitz.
In recent months, US jets operating in Syria have shot down armed Iranian drones that moved too close to American ground troops.
An Iranian QOM-1 unmanned aerial vehicle forced the United States aircraft to take evasive action, according to officials.
"The risky 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 global maritime customs and laws", US Naval Forces Central Command spokesman Commander Bill Urban said. It did eventually move off. "The risky 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 global maritime customs and laws".
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The Super Hornet belongs to Strike Fighter Squadron 147, which is deployed aboard the Nimitz from Naval Air Station Lemoore in California. The Navy deemed the interaction unsafe and unprofessional.
Tuesday's encounter marks the 13th "unsafe or unprofessional interaction" between U.S. and Iranian maritime forces in 2017, the U.S. Defense Department said.
On July 25, a patrol vessel of the american navy had fired warning shots against a ship by iranian corps Guards of the islamic revolution, after the latter has approached at least 140 metres.
The Persian Gulf is often the site of run-ins between US and Iranian aircraft and ships.
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