Iranian drone comes close to USA fighter jet

Iranian drone comes close to USA fighter jet

Iranian drone comes close to USA fighter jet

A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet had an "unsafe and unprofessional" encounter with an Iranian QOM-1 unmanned aerial vehicle over global waters on August 8, according to a spokesperson for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command.

The encounter unfolded in worldwide air space as the F/A-18E Super Hornet was preparing to land on the USS Nimitz, US Naval Forces Central Command spokesman Commander Bill Urban said.

Navy officials released a statement on the encounter Tuesday afternoon, calling it "unsafe" and "unprofessional".

This is the 13th "unsafe and unprofessional" interaction between US and Iranian forces this year. The drone got within 100 feet below the US aircraft and 200 feet to the side, according to the reports.

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.

While the drone was within 100 feet of the jet vertically, it was about 200 feet away from the aircraft.

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The Navy said the action by the Iranian QOM-1 drone "created a collision hazard and is not in keeping with worldwide maritime customs and laws". It did eventually move off.

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

In a statement, U.S. Central Command declared the incident "unsafe and unprofessional", calling it was a breach of global maritime customs and laws.

In July, the USS Thunderbolt patrol ship fired several warning shots at an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps ship in the Gulf.

In the Persian Gulf, there have been an increased number of close calls and incidents as the United States has stepped up assistance to Saudi Arabia and other allies fighting Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen.

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