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The British Air Force received the first RC-135V / W Rivet Joint electronic reconnaissance aircraft.

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The British Air Force received the first RC-135V / W Rivet Joint electronic reconnaissance aircraft.

The first of three RC-135V / W RC-12V / W Rivet Joint planes, ordered for the British Air Force under the Airsicker program, landed on November XNUMX at Waddington Air Base.


As the press service of the British military department reported, the plane with b.n. ZZ664 (formerly KC-135R 64-14833) arrived in the UK after successfully completing flight tests at the company's main project contractor, L-3 Communications, in Greenville (Texas).

In the coming months, the crew of the aircraft and the technical personnel of the 51 Squadron of the British Air Force will receive additional training in the use of the aircraft. The combat use of the first RC-135V / W Rivet Joint aircraft of the British Air Force will begin in October 2014. From 2011, personnel of the 51 Squadron technical personnel were trained together with US Air Force personnel. The raid of British crews exceeded 32 thousand hours.

It is assumed that the second RC-135V / W “Rivet Joint” (ZZ665, formerly 64-14838) will be handed over to the British Air Force in 2015, the third (ZZ666, earlier 64-14830) - in 2017. They will also be part of the British Air Force 51 Squadron (a / b "Waddington").

The MoD of Great Britain decided to replace the Nimrod R.1 aircraft in service with the radio reconnaissance aircraft with the American RC-135W Rivet Joint aircraft in the middle of the 2008 year. To implement the project, the United States Air Force acquired three KC-135R air tankers, which are modified to the RC-135V / W electronic reconnaissance aircraft version by L-3 Communications.

The KC-135 modification to the RC-135W standard includes the removal of the airborne system boom, the integration of the airborne system receiver, the installation of a modern “glass” cockpit and a set of equipment for radio and radio intelligence.

Finally, the issue of the supply of three aircraft and ground systems under the program “Foreign military sales” of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and the United States agreed on March 2010. The first tanker aircraft KC-135R with b.n. ZZ664 (formerly KC-135R 64-14833) arrived at the L-3 communications company in Greenville for retrofit in March 2011 of the year.

According to the report of the National Finance and Audit Office (NAO), the cost of the Airsicker program, which envisages the adoption of three RC-135V / W Rivet Joint planes, will be about 1,27 billion pounds sterling, including 634 million pounds sterling (1,08 billion ) for the purchase of three aircraft and equipment and 637 million pounds to support them up to 2025 year.
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  1. Starover_Z
    Starover_Z 13 November 2013 09: 38
    +5
    The British ordered to listen to the allies, but Snowden, the radish is ...
    1. Ihrek
      Ihrek 13 November 2013 09: 44
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      Yes, Snowden moved the cards around them.
      1. APASUS
        APASUS 13 November 2013 21: 22
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        Quote: Jamal
        Yes, Snowden moved the cards around them.

        What does Snowden have to do with it?
        The Nimrod MR1 that they operated has a long history of operation as early as 1967, the time has come and they are changing.
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  2. gispanec
    gispanec 13 November 2013 09: 52
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    and what we have with such a technique? ... who in the subject write ....
    1. Apollo
      Apollo 13 November 2013 10: 28
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      citation-The first of three RC-135V / W Rivet Joint electronic reconnaissance aircraft ordered for the United Kingdom Air Force as part of the Airsicker program landed on November 12 at Waddington Air Force Base.

    2. Nayhas
      Nayhas 13 November 2013 10: 42
      +1
      Quote: gispanec
      and what we have with such a technique? ... who in the subject write ....

      Well ..... there is a Tu-214R ...... one ..... it will no longer be .... it is not clear whether it turned out or not, but the military did not like it. What is interesting is that it doesn’t dye in the minium, at least the Japanese photographed it naked at the border.
    3. And Us Rat
      And Us Rat 13 November 2013 11: 21
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      Quote: gispanec
      and what we have with such a technique? ... who in the subject write ....


      There was also IL-20 - created on the basis of the passenger aircraft IL-18 in the 1968 year. It was intended for reconnaissance along the state border and frontier strip and was the first reconnaissance aircraft of this type in the USSR.

      1. Migari
        Migari 13 November 2013 15: 13
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        There was and is, despite its venerable age, the aircraft is respected by aviators. The commander in chief says that there is nothing to replace him with. To create a new aircraft for electronic intelligence is a long and expensive business, and no one will guarantee that successful in the end. Indeed, among other things, it is necessary to redo the entire electronic intelligence system, which was designed for the Il-20M, taking into account its size and shape of the fuselage and wings. Americans for similar purposes use the Boeing RC-135, the same age as the IL-20M. Both our and American cars are piece-wise, with individual refinement, therefore they differ from each other.
      2. alone
        alone 13 November 2013 21: 00
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        mm. 1968th year. To be honest, honestly. but there’s nothing to replace, it’s a huge minus.
  3. And Us Rat
    And Us Rat 13 November 2013 11: 18
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    Quote: Nayhas
    Tu-214P.


    Already painted
    1. Nayhas
      Nayhas 14 November 2013 09: 12
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      Quote: And Us Rat
      Already painted

      Oh sure. I wonder why not a star?
  4. afire
    afire 13 November 2013 13: 23
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    OUR A-50, so that there is no doubt
  5. voliador
    voliador 13 November 2013 18: 07
    +1
    A-50 - Aircraft AWACS and not RER, it has several other functions.
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