RAF’s Sentinel fleet could escape retirement

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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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