RAF Prepares Nimrod Aircraft for Final Mission

24 May 2010 (Last Updated May 24th, 2010 18:30)

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has upgraded two Nimrod R-1 intelligence aircraft to deploy them to Afghanistan later this year. The two Nimrods, belonging to 51 Squadron, received unspecified upgrades including the communications intelligence suite upgrade at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshir

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has upgraded two Nimrod R-1 intelligence aircraft to deploy them to Afghanistan later this year.

The two Nimrods, belonging to 51 Squadron, received unspecified upgrades including the communications intelligence suite upgrade at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire, according to avionews.com.

It will be the last major deployment of the Nimrod aircraft before it retires in March 2011.

The UK will replace its Nimrod R-1s with three RC-135 rivet joint platforms based on the C-135 Stratolifter.