Tim Ripley looks at the current status of the RAF’s ISTAR (Information, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) Force, its present operations and its future prospects.
UNITED KINGDOM: ISTAR REVIEW
BRITAIN’S FORMER Prime Minister David Cameron famously described the RAF’s Raytheon Sentinel R1 as his ‘go-to aircraft’. In recent years, whenever there was a crisis, the airborne stand-off radar platform would be first to deploy. Invariably the initial reports from the Sentinel crews would find their way onto the Prime Minister’s desk.