Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Eye in the Sky - BBC Video report

The RAF's fifth and final Sentinel R1 ASTOR (Airborne Stand-Off Radar) aircraft has recently returned from successful trials in Afghanistan where it was used to gather information about enemy activity.

The Sentinel, which has been converted from Bombardier Global Express business jets, with its ASTOR system can detect and recognise moving, static and fixed targets on the ground and in the air, and are capable of operating for more than nine hours at a time. The information gathered is transmitted to ground stations to enable rapid tactical planning and the efficient cueing of assets.

Click here for the BBC video report

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