RAF’s Sentinel fleet could escape retirement


RAF’s Sentinel fleet could escape retirement, says MoD

The UK Ministry of Defence is reviewing its decision to remove the Royal Air Force’s Bombardier Global Express-based Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft from use in 2015, as the capability continues to support military operations in Afghanistan and Mali.

The proposal to retire the synthetic aperture radar- and ground moving target indication sensor-equipped Sentinel fleet and its associated ground exploitation equipment was among a number of controversial announcements contained within the coalition government’s Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) of September 2010.

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