Iranian drone flies within feet of U.S. aircraft in Arabian Gulf

Iranian Drone Comes Close to US Fighter Jet, Jet Takes Evasive Action

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

The statement also noted that this was the 13th time an unsafe or unprofessional action has taken place between Iranian and USA maritime forces this year, according to ABC News.

The drone "created a collision hazard", U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said, adding that the actions were "not in keeping with maritime customs and laws".

"The F/A-18E maneuvered to avoid collision with the QOM-1 [Iranian drone] resulting in a lateral separation of approximately 200 feet and a vertical separation of approximately 100 feet", spokesperson Lt. Chloe J. Morgan said in a statement to CNBC. The F/A-18 was in a landing pattern several thousand feet off the deck of the ship waiting to land.

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

In recent months, USA jets operating in Syria have shot down armed Iranian drones that moved too close to American ground troops.

The Persian Gulf is often the site of run-ins between USA and Iranian aircraft and ships.

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.

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.

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