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UK to upgrade Sentinel R.1s for maritime operations #UK

The news that work to upgrade the Sentinel R.1's maritime capabilities will soon begin follows the disclosure at the Farnborough Airshow in July that the RAF is looking to introduce enhanced capabilities to the surveillance aircraft to turn it into a true multi-mission platform. However, while reprieving the aircraft and expanding the scope of its mission set might seem like an ideal solution for the MoD to bridge its maritime patrol capability gap, it should be noted that the Sentinel R.1 would be unarmed. It would have no offensive anti-submarine warfare (ASW) or anti-surface vessel warfare (ASuW) capability whatsoever. Despite this, an upgraded Sentinel R.1 could provide the United Kingdom with a very useful maritime surveillance capability, which could be supplemented by a more advanced (and expensive) ASW/ASuW platform, such as the Boeing P-8A Poseidon. This combinati...

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