The British Royal Air Force could have the first of three Boeing RC-135V/W Rivet Joint electronic intelligence aircraft 24 months after concluding a deal to replace the capability now provided by the Nimrod R1. While the Defense Ministry says it is continuing to weigh a variety of platforms for its Elint program, known as Project Helix, industry executives on both sides of the Atlantic suggest the Rivet Joint option is emerging as the preferred approach. “Rivet Joint is one of a ...


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