Countering improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan is providing an impetus to the further rapid deployment and operational use of the Royal Air Force’s Sentinel R1 airborne stand-off radar aircraft, along with unmanned aerial vehicles. France is also looking to bolster its UAV resources in theater. Two RAF Sentinel R1s were deployed for a short period to the Afghanistan theater in the fourth quarter of 2008, and a second deployment is likely soon. The Sentinel was due to enter ...

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