Iranian drone buzzes US Navy jet in Persian Gulf – Pentagon

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
By Paul Martin
8 Aug, 2017

A US Navy fighter attempting to land on an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf had to maneuver to dodge an Iranian drone, which came within 100 feet (31 meters), US officials said.

The F/A-18E jet was on the landing approach when an Iranian QOM-1 drone approached, said unnamed US defense officials.

The drone ignored repeated radio calls, the US officials said, describing the interaction as “unsafe and unprofessional,” according to Reuters.

While the officials did not specify which unit the US jet belonged to, the only carrier currently in the Gulf is the USS Nimitz (CVN-68), according to information made publicly available by the US Navy.

Two weeks ago, a US patrol ship fired warning shots at an Iranian patrol boat in the northern Gulf. Both vessels were conducting operations in international waters, and departed the area without further incident.

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