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“A number of aircraft skins have been replaced to deal with corrosion and prepare the aircraft for its service life as an RC-135″ UK’s Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) said in an article in its monthly publication “Decider”. “Additional work has included removing the tankers refuelling boom system, installing an air-to-air refuelling receiver system above the the cockpit, and replacing every wire in the aircraft. Mission equipment racks have also been fitted in the rear cabin, Progress in the aircraft is on schedule, with delivery on track for December next year.”
I believe that the Nimrod MRA4 would have been superior to the RC135 but the budget and time overruns were pretty horrendous. Even then, the way that it was cancelled and all the airframes chopped up so quickly was suspiciously efficient. Just like the way the Harrier was taken out of service and either sold or scrapped. Both situations reek of some sort of hidden agenda.