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originally posted by: LightSpeedDriver
a reply to: schuyler
Pray tell, why would the UK need 5 early warning planes? To warn against whom? The last "war" the UK had was with Argentina over some island thousands of miles away which technically are not "ours". Are they trying to boost Boeing profits and satisfy the war machine?
originally posted by: RadioRobert
a reply to: LightSpeedDriver
The E-3D's are frequently deployed in support of other RAF missions abroad (Syria, Libya, Eastern Europe, Baltic, Black Sea). They also perform maritime surveillance with the radar in the proper mode(sort of a big deal for an island country), and have ELINT tools.
It's not as if they decided on buying new ones because the old ones never got used...