FGR2 wrote:Aren't they going to be nearer 50 years old when we get them. They are the last of the KC-135 tankers that were built, that are being converted to RC-135 spec.
Russ wrote:What we do know is that the RC-135 gear (including airframe) is proven and does do the job.
Kenny wrote:So when we get these, will we lose the Sentinel?
Kenny wrote:Russ wrote:What we do know is that the RC-135 gear (including airframe) is proven and does do the job.
Plus the commonality with the 707 airframe, will the pilots be able to cover the other, i.e RC-135 fill in for E-3D and vice versa?
Kenny wrote:So are the flight decks completely different to each other then?
Unknown74 wrote:Would a Sentinal type of Aircraft not be better than the RC-135?
Wes_Howes wrote:Would the Sentinals not be useful to fulfill the MRA role vacated by the Nimrod? At least until P-8 is chosen as a replacement Obviously some of the equipment will need to be altered but still, if they can do it over land, they can do it over water surely?
Last Lightning wrote:stonesfan wrote:Does anyone know what airframes are going to be used
Kip Casper wrote:Unknown74 wrote:Would a Sentinal type of Aircraft not be better than the RC-135?
Funny you should mention that:
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articl ... r1-370715/
Orion wrote: After all there isn't an immediate military threat to Britain.
iainpeden wrote:They do not have the capacity to drop flares or rescue equipment; however as a command aircraft I assume they could do a good job.
and the same about the Shadow R1Paul Francis, Raytheon UK's head of airborne solutions, says the Sentinel's dual-mode radar could also possibly be given software-based changes to enable it to provide a maritime patrol capability to search for, track and identify surface vessels.
. that link Kip casper posted is quite interesting hope that happens to both aircraft, just think its stupid to retire good worthy aircraft.If retained long-term, the type could possibly also provide a maritime patrol capability by being equipped with Raytheon's SeaVue radar, Francis says