The British Royal Air Force is struggling to clear a much-delayed, and sorely needed, reconnaissance pod into service in the run-up to potential deployments in the Persian Gulf region. Amid speculation that the Defense Ministry is considering deploying additional recce aircraft to the Middle East, the RAF is wrestling to bring its Reconnaissance Airborne Pod for Tornado (Raptor) into operation. The 55-million-pound ($78.1-million) Raptor program was launched in 1996, with a ...

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