Iran drone comes within 100 feet of jet

Kristopher Drake
August 9, 2017

An Iranian drone came within 100 feet of a U.S. Navy fighter jet preparing to land on the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier in the central Persian Gulf, a situation the Defense Department described as "dangerous".

This is the 13th "unsafe and unprofessional" interaction between USA and Iranian forces this year.

"If the F/A-18 had not done the maneuver", the two aircraft would have collided, the official said.

He added this was the 13th "unsafe and/or unprofessional" interaction between United States and Iranian maritime forces this year.

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.

At the time of the incident, the jet had been in a holding pattern and was planning to land on the carrier, the statement said.

A USA fighter jet had to take evasive action to avoid colliding with an Iranian drone that came within 100 feet of the warplane, according to multiple reports. It did eventually move off.

According to the commander, this is the 13th incident as "unsafe and unprofessional" since the beginning of the year in this sector.

The Super Hornet belongs to Strike Fighter Squadron 147, which is deployed aboard the Nimitz from Naval Air Station Lemoore in California.

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.

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.

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