Angus Batey

Angus Batey
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U.K. Expects To Retain Sentinel Fleet 

LONDON — The U.K. Royal Air Force expects to soon receive confirmation that its fleet of five Sentinel R-1 surveillance aircraft is to be retained in service.

The airborne stand-off radar (ASTOR) system, operated by 5 Army Cooperation Squadron from RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, was scheduled to be withdrawn from service in 2015, following the end of combat operations in Afghanistan.

U.K. Expects To Retain Sentinel Fleet 
LONDON - The U.K. Royal Air Force expects to soon receive confirmation that its fleet of five Sentinel R-1 surveillance aircraft is to be retained in service. (Photo: Crown Copyright)
U.K. Evaluates Future Fighter Weapons, Sensors

Key capabilities fielded by Britain's Royal Air Force in Afghanistan and highly prized across the NATO-led coalition face uncertain futures once the Tornado GR4 aircraft is retired toward the end of the decade. As the RAF looks ahead to a fleet comprising Typhoons and F-35Bs, there are no plans in place to retain two systems that have become invaluable in-theater.

UTC’s DB-110 Brings Details Into View 

At first glance, not a great deal is remarkable about the black-and-white photograph (below) in which one can see the Queen Mary, portside at Long Beach, Calif. The luxury liner is clearly visible in the large-format image, with a degree of detail showing portholes, lifeboats, balconies and balustrades. Yet the image's exceptional qualities lie in where it was taken: from an aircraft flying at 40,000 ft., 72 nm away.

UTC's TIM Ties to Tablets
If your iPhone battery is running low at the Singapore Air Show, head to UTC Stand L39
Indonesian Air Force Inevitably Stretched Thin
Perhaps the greatest problem facing Indonesia’s Air Force is ensuring that a limited number of combat aircraft can
U.S. Demonstrates Long Reach Over South Korea
The pictures, published late last March, were clearly designed for domestic consumption. The United States had just
Taiwan Buyers Walk A Fine Line
South Koreans may have legitimate cause to disagree, but the nation in the east Asian region that has had the longest-term cause to build and maintain robust defenses against an unpredictable near neighbour is surely Taiwan.
China Leads in Cyber Arms Race
The background to China’s interest and involvement in cyber warfare is deeper and more extensive than comparable
Vietnam Wary Over South China Sea Islands
Vietnam Wary Over South China Sea Islands
North Korea As Problematic As Ever
It is not difficult to identify the biggest issues facing military planners in East Asia.
New F-35s And Better F-16s
As its Air Show dawns, Singapore’s aviation defense priorities remain centred around two major programs.
Thailand Gets 'Birthday' Gripens
The Royal Thailand Air Force celebrated its centenary in
U.S. 'Pivots' In Fits And Starts
Since late 2011, the U.S. government has been touting an “Asia pivot” concept.
North Korea As Problematic As Ever

It is not difficult to identify the biggest issues facing military planners in East Asia. A resurgent China, apparently keen to begin flexing its ever-strengthening military muscles, and a North Korea that is both ambitious and more politically unstable than ever following Kim Jong Il’s death in December 2011, are providing more sleepless nights than even the perennial problems of natural resource access, smuggling of contraband and people, piracy, and home-grown terrorism.

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