Iranian Drone Buzzes US Navy Fighter Jet During Carrier Landing

Randolph Lopez
August 9, 2017

An Iranian QOM-1 drone buzzed a U.S. F/A-18 Super Hornet trying to land aboard the carrier Nimitz Tuesday.

The aircraft, which belonged to Strike Fighter Squadron 147, was in a holding pattern while preparing to land aboard the carrier Nimitz, officials with U.S. Navy Central Command said.

The Navy said this was the thirteenth such "interaction between United States and Iranian maritime forces in 2017". 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 F/A-18E maneuvered to avoid collision with the QOM-1 resulting in a lateral separation between the two aircraft of about 200 feet and a vertical separation of about 100 feet.

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. It did eventually move off.

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Defense officials say the drone encounter is the 13th unsafe or unprofessional interaction between USA and Iranian maritime forces in 2017.

The drone was not armed, a defense official said. Officials, cited by CNN, described the UAV's movements as unsafe.

The Navy has said the helicopter was on a routine patrol in global airspace and that the flare was sacked after American ships saw the Guard vessels approaching at a high rate of speed and not responding to communications.

Last month, the USS Thunderbolt fired multiple warning shots at an Iranian vessel in the Persian Gulf that came within 140 meters of the ship at a high rate of speed.

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