Tuesday, March 23, 2010

UK to buy 3 Rivet Joints (updated)

The MOD seems to be clearing the decks before the election. Not content with announcing the FRES-SV winner it also confirmed the purchase of 3 RC-135 Rivet Joint ISR planes off the US. The Rivet Joints will replace the Nimrod R1 fleet which is due to be withdrawn next year.

Update : the RAF Rivet Joints will be conversions taken from the USAF's KC-135 tanker fleet and won't be available until 2014. To fill the gap some USAF Rivet Joints partially crewed by RAF personnel will be made available.

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