UK approves RC-135 Rivet Joint purchase

The UK has agreed to buy three Boeing RC-135 Rivet Joint electronic intelligence aircraft and related ground equipment from the USA, defence secretary Bob Ainsworth has announced.

Confirming the development on 22 March, Ainsworth said the aircraft will deliver a “vital capability for the Royal Air Force to replace the [British Aerospace] Nimrod R1 that will be retired from service in March 2011″. An agreement was finalised on 19 March, he adds. Continue reading…

RC-135.jpg(Photo: Master Sgt Scott Wagers/US Air Forces)


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