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Crowsnest edges closer to assessment phase

9th July 2013 - 16:07 GMT | by Tony Skinner in London

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After a two-year delay in funding, the UK’s development of a new helicopter-based early warning radar system is gathering momentum – although critical capability gaps remain.

The existing fleet of Royal Navy Sea King Mk7 Airborne Surveillance and Control (ASaC) aircraft is due to be withdrawn from service in 2016 and there will be a six-year gap until the Merlin Mk II-based replacements are fully operational – a fact highlighted by the National Audit Office (NAO) in a May report.

The NAO noted that while the MoD was able to announce in May 2012 that it had finally balanced its

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