I suppose this is how you say 'no peeking at our nukes' in Farsi:
Two Iranian Su-25 fighter jets fired on an unarmed U.S. Air Force Predator drone in the Persian Gulf on November 1, the Pentagon disclosed on Thursday.
The incident, reported first by CNN, raised fresh concerns within the Obama administration about Iranian military aggression in crucial Gulf oil shipping lanes.
The drone was on routine maritime surveillance in international airspace east of Kuwait, 16 miles off the coast of Iran, U.S. officials said. The Predator was not hit.
"Our aircraft was never in Iranian airspace. It was always flying in international air space. The recognized limit is 12 nautical miles off the coast and we never entered the 12 nautical mile limit," Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in responding to questions from reporters after CNN reported the incident.
Act of war,anybody?
The Sukhoi Su-25 is an older model Russian fighter that was primarily developed to provide support for ground troops, not particularly to engage with anything airborne.The Russians still use,them, but they're not particularly fast or agile.
Saddam Hussein had a number of them supplied to him by the Russians.These two may date from the 1991 Gulf War, when 7 Su-25's defected to Iran rather than get shot down by our far superior Phantoms and NightHawks.