A Shadow R1 (an intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance aircraft) is now operating over the English Channel.
The Shadow R1 ISTAR aircraft is based on Beechcraft King Air 350CER aircraft and is an intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance aircraft developed by Raytheon.
It is currently in operation with 14 Squadron.
A Shadow R1 (an intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance aircraft) is now operating over the English Channel. pic.twitter.com/hKuM1OgsCw
— UK Defence Journal (@UKDefJournal) August 10, 2020
This comes after a Royal Air Force A400M Atlas aircraft left RAF Brize Norton this morning to support Border Force operations in the English Channel, you can read more about that here.
Here we go.
Just a reminder that the Home Office terminated their aerial surveillance contract with Cobham in 2016.
Now the MoD is picking up their mess with scarce, costly to operate, assets poorly suited to the role.
Will the HO be re-investing in their own aerial assets? 🤔 https://t.co/TPkhjlyHtS
— Engaging Strategy (@EngageStrategy1) August 10, 2020
As some pointed out, then Home Secretary Theresa May terminated a £4 million contract with aviation firm Cobham to provide an ‘eye in the sky’ over British waters in January 2016 despite warnings.
Looks like the RAF are getting a chance to excercise some of their assets over the channel. Now it appears to be the Shadow’s turn. pic.twitter.com/V0W0O2VSso
— Tony (@ToeKneesTweets) August 10, 2020
Earlier in the year, we reported that Elbit Systems had been selected by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to conduct maritime demonstration flights in the UK using a number of its unmanned aerial surveillance systems.