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2008-12-08 - Astor enters RAF serviceRaytheon ASTOR enters RAF service

Bodenüberwachungsflugzeug geht mit Verspätung in DienstOn 1 December, the UK MoD has declared the ASTOR (Airborne Stand-Off Radar) in service with the RAF, on the Sentinel R1 aircraft. The new radar system will be operated by the RAF's Number 5 (Army Co-Operation) Squadron based at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire providing a new all-weather intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance capability to assist commanders on the battlefield.

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Die Royal Air Force hat die Sentinel R1 seit Dezember 2008 im Dienst (Foto: UK MoD).  

 

Bodenüberwachungsflugzeug geht mit Verspätung in Dienst
On 1 December, the UK MoD has declared the ASTOR (Airborne Stand-Off Radar) in service with the RAF, on the Sentinel R1 aircraft. The new radar system will be operated by the RAF's Number 5 (Army Co-Operation) Squadron based at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire providing a new all-weather intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance capability to assist commanders on the battlefield. Operating at altitudes in excess of 40,000ft, for over 9 hours at a time, the aircraft is capable of detecting and recognising moving, static and fixed targets at stand-off range. This information is transmitted in near-real time to commanders on the ground, enabling rapid tactical planning and efficient cueing of other sensor and attack systems such as Reaper and GMLRS (Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System).
ASTOR is already providing a number of UK companies the opportunity to participate in a high-technology programme ensuring that the UK remains at the forefront of defence technology. I am delighted to welcome this vital asset into service with the RAF and Army. The ASTOR system is designed to communicate with a wide-range of other systems and networks and is therefore at the heart of the UK's Network Enabled Capability (NEC). NEC facilitates the build-up of a complete picture of the operating environment on land aiding decision making by commanders on the ground, in the air and at sea.




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