Military Capabilities

RAF Sentinel R1 hunting IS again

23 April 2018

A UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Raytheon Sentinel R1 radar surveillance aircraft is again supporting the campaign against the Islamic State extremist group, a senior defence source told Jane’s .

The aircraft was photographed at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, on 12 April and open-source tracking of its transponder has shown it flying across Israel and Jordan towards the Iraq-Syria border area since 17 April.

The UK Ministry of Defence said that it “does not offer a running commentary on deployments/redeployments” of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets.

The United Kingdom contributed Sentinel R1s to the campaign against the Islamic State in 2015-2016 but the RAF was forced to retire one of the five aircraft in 2017, making it harder to maintain the deployment.

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