"lost connectivity and disappeared"
Here from a variety of sources we have the fragmentary dope on the missing and presumably captured more or less intact American espionage and intelligence gathering drone, the RQ-170.
The RQ greatly resembling a miniature version of the B-2 stealth bomber. The RQ unmanned, fitted with a wide range of intelligence gathering equipment, NOW in the hands of the Iranians.
The RQ-170 referred to by those in the know as the "Beast of Kandahar".
1. "Iran’s captured RQ-170: How bad is the damage?"
2. "RQ-170: A primer on the ‘Beast of Kandahar’"
3. "US RQ-170 drone missing in Iran was part of CIA spy operation"
Lastly from our good friends at the DEBKAfile we have the usual very alarmist and disheartening headline and story.
It is alleged by DEBKA that the drone, the UAV, was captured intact, a victim of electronic and cyber warfare, the Iranian being able to remotely take control of the "Beast" and fly the UAV into their territory, to a safe landing!! the RQ-170 NEITHER SHOT DOWN OR MALFUNCTIONING AND CRASHING!!
4. "Iran exhibits captured US stealth drone undamaged. US and Israeli intelligence shocked"
"08 Dec. Iran exhibited the top-secret US stealth drone RQ-170 Sentinel captured on Sunday . . . Its almost perfect condition confirmed Teheran's claim that the UAV was downed by a cyber attack, meaning it was not shot down but brought in undamaged by an electronic warfare ambush."
"The state of the lost UAV refutes the US military contention that the Sentinel's systems malfunctioned. If this had happened, it would have crashed and either been wrecked or damaged."
Captured the most dangerous beast of them all? "Lost connectivity and disappeared"?
If indeed the alarmist DEBKA is correct, this is very major.Compromise of the drone and intelligence gathering instrumentation and done in a manner only prior thought to be in the realm of science-fiction!!