The Iranian military says it has captured an unmanned US drone aircraft in its airspace over Gulf waters.The Revolutionary Guards said they had brought down a ScanEagle - one of the smaller, less sophisticated drones employed by the Americans.
Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi told the Fars news agency that the drone had conducted several reconnaissance flights over the Gulf in recent days.
The US said it was looking into the reports.
The ScanEagle drone is a low-cost, long-endurance aircraft built by Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing.
Rear Adm Fadavi said that "such drones are usually launched from large warships".
The Revolutionary Guards are an elite unit of the Iranian military which operate their own naval forces.
Iran's state TV says the country's Revolutionary Guard has captured a U.S. drone after it entered the Iranian airspace over the Persian Gulf.
The report Tuesday quotes the Guard's navy chief, Gen. Ali Fadavi, as saying that the "intruding" drone was captured, but gave no further details on the location or when the incident occurred.
Iran claimed in 2011 it brought down a CIA spy drone after it entered Iranian airspace from its eastern borders with Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Tehran later said it recovered data from the RQ-170 Sentinel, a top-secret drone equipped with stealth technology.