The technologically advanced Airborne Stand-Off Radar (ASTOR) system has been accepted into service with the RAF, on the Sentinel R1 aircraft, it was announced today, Monday 1 December 2008.
Operating at altitudes in excess of 40,000 feet (12,200 meters), for over nine hours at a time, the system is capable of detecting and recognizing 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).
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.
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