Iranian drone forces Navy fighter to abort carrier landing

Iranian drone forces Navy fighter to abort carrier landing
USS Nimitz (CVN-68) enters Pearl Harbor in 2001. (Image: US Navy)

[Ed. – This is a no-kidding unacceptable provocation.  Using a drone this way can get the airman killed.  It’s past time to just fry the Iranian drones like bacon.  No exceptions.]

An F/A-18 Super Hornet was forced to maneuver away after being buzzed by an Iranian drone during a carrier landing attempt in the Central Arabian Gulf, Navy officials said 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 unarmed Iranian QOM-1 drone approached, coming within 100 feet vertically and 200 feet laterally of the aircraft, ignoring radio calls to stay clear of aircraft operations.

“The F/A-18E maneuvered to avoid collision with the QOM-1, resulting in a lateral separation of approximately 200 feet and a vertical separation of approximately 100 feet,” said Lt. Chloe Morgan, a NAVCENT spokeswoman, in a statement.

“The dangerous maneuver by the QOM-1 in the known vicinity of fixed-wing flight operations and at coincident altitude with operating aircraft created a collision hazard and is not in keeping with international maritime customs and laws,” she said.

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