Britain is looking at an aerial intelligence gathering force that is completely interchangeable with that of the United States. The Royal Air Force (RAF) is expected to have its Raytheon-built Astor ground-surveillance radar aircraft ready for operations in Afghanistan by year’s end. The RAF Waddington-based aircraft is smaller, but has the same mission and is operationally compatible with the U.S. E-8 Joint STARS. British Army and RAF officials assigned to 5 (Army Cooperation) ...


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