The Royal Air Force expects its second Boeing RC-135 Airseeker to be delivered in September. In a refreshing change from current defense programs, the delivery is actually seven months ahead of schedule, UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on Thursday 16 July.
Similar to the first Airseeker delivered on 12 November 2013, the second aircraft is a fifty year old, former US Air Force RC-135 intelligence aircraft. The first Airseeker currently sees operations over Syria and Iraq in the fight against IS. The second aircraft is expected to be deployable within weeks after delivery.
The RAF adopted the name Airseeker for the RC-135, whereas the US Air Force calls it Rivet Joint.
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Featured image (top): A Royal Air Force RC-135 Airseeker. (Image © UK Ministry of Defence)