Every nation with a nuclear programme has had these experiences, and a lot of them are documented by their respective militaries.
Yep. Every single one.
Its not UAV's they are chasing.
reply to post by Sammamishman
To intercept UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), IRIAF F-4Es and F-14As, based to Bushehr to serve as QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) interceptors, were scrambled several times. But the American drones have astonishing flight characteristics: “Including an ability to fly outside the atmosphere, attain a maximum cruise speed of Mach 10, and a minimum speed of zero, with the ability to hover over the target” as explained by Taghavee. These performances along with their powerful ECM make the F-14s unable to operate their weapons.
reply to post by Riffrafter
Short answer, yes, although UAV technically isn't correct either.
YouTube is filled with videos of UFO's hovering or flying around nuclear power plants all over the world (although oddly not too many over US plants).
The problem is so much can be faked and made to look real that it's impossible without in depth video analysis to weed out the fake from just un-identified light in the sky.
I'd approach this topic from another angle. That for me would be 'How could a modern UAV shut down an aircrafts system and cause the pilot eye disturbances that would create a temporary loss of vision and cause visual artifacts?'
I would say, that such a UAV, if it exists, would be capable of both electronic microwave DEW and visual ie laser, defence. Lasers would work against visual and IR missiles as well as pilots, and the microwaves would fry the plane out the sky from under the pilot, albeit with differing levels of severity considering the threat faced.
That would be worth spreading all weird and wonderful stories about UFOs with dazzling abilities - as you simply don't want the outside world knowing that you are flying a very secret UAV into Iran and its practically untouchable.
It sounds like something many UFO enthusiasts would love hear about, considering the flight characteristics mentioned seem to jive with the cliche flying saucer report.
Can maintain 0 mph hover, and accelerate to mach 10 very quickly? Mach 10 is around 7000 mph?
... and it can go leave the atmosphere