A Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout has gone down in Libya, according to NATO.

The unmanned vertical take-off unmanned air vehicle was reportedly on an intelligence surveillance mission when the NATO command centre in Naples lost contact with the aircraft.

At the same time, a Libyan television station is reportedly showing video of what the Tripoli government claimed is an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, shot down by its troops. NATO officials said they have not lost any AH-64s, and that they do not know why contact with the Fire Scout was lost; the Libyan footage showed no evidence of enemy fire, but did show burned wreckage.


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Fire Scouts are deployed on the USS Halyburton, until recently attached to the NATO anti-piracy task force off the coast of Somalia. Fire Scouts are also deployed to Afghanistan.

Source: Flight Daily News