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Farnborough 2016: UK ISTAR missions hampered by fleet depletion

13th July 2016 - 10:46 GMT | by Helen Haxell in Farnborough

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The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) ISTAR commander has fired off a stark warning about the future reduction of his fleet of five Sentinel R1 to just four.

Air Cdre Dean Andrew, ISTAR force commander on the Sentinel R1, talked passionately to journalists at the Farnborough International Airshow 2016 (FIA 2016) in an effort to lobby ‘anyone that would listen’ regarding cuts to his force announced in the Strategic Defence and Security Review in 2015.

Andrew stated how Sentinel operations were key to supporting anti-Daesh operations and while he would not disclose where Sentinel was flying exactly, the implication was Syria.

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Helen Haxell was Air Editor at Shephard Media, having joined in February 2016 as Editor …

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