FARNBOROUGH — A British surveillance aircraft system, controversially scheduled for an early retirement in parliament’s 2010 defense review, is getting a new lease on life. The Royal Air Force’s Airborne Stand-Off Radar (Astor) system is based around five Sentinel R1 aircraft. The Bombardier Global Express business jets are equipped with a dual-mode ground, moving-target indicator (GMTI) and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) supplied by prime contractor Raytheon. The aircraft ...


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