US Jet Takes Evasive Action After Close Call With Iranian Drone

Iranian drone comes within 100 feet of US Navy jet

The Iranian QOM-1 drone executed "dangerous" altitude changes over global waters as the Super Hornet was preparing to land on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the central Persian Gulf, according to a U.S. Naval Forces Central statement.

147 was in a landing pattern several thousand feet off the deck of the ship waiting to land.

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Three days earlier in the gulf, the USS Thunderbolt fired multiple warning shots at an armed Iranian patrol boat believed to be operated by the IRGC.

A statement released by the military's Central Command said that despite repeated radio calls demanding that Iran keep the drone clear of American flight operations in the vicinity of the aircraft carrier Nimitz, the Iranian vehicle came within 100 feet of the fighter jet, which had to swerve to avoid a collision. The officials said the drone forced the United States aircraft to take evasive action. It did eventually move off.

"The unsafe maneuver by the QOM-1 in the known vicinity of fixed wing flight operations ... created a collision hazard and is not in keeping with global maritime customs and laws", the statement read. Three days before the January 29 incident a U.S. Navy patrol ship fired warning shots at an Iranian ship that U.S. officials say got dangerously close.

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