Plugging the maritime surveillance gap
Timothy Compston warns that the lack of an effective maritime patrol aircraft has compromised the UK’s security and asks what options, if any, are available to plug this critical surveillance gap
Since the long-serving Nimrod maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) last flew, the sad fact is that the UK, so often a leader in maritime matters, has had to soldier on with a major shortfall in its over-water surveillance capability. Five years later, land and ship-based helicopters, and other aerial assets, are still struggling to address the shortfall.
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