Hammond: Focus on Multi-role Capability

Multi-role replacement systems for Nimrod under discussion.

Hammond: Focus on Multi-role Capability Not Maritime Patrol

By ANDREW CHUTER

LONDON — Stop thinking about a maritime patrol aircraft and start thinking about a multirole capability, possibly including UAVs, to replace the Nimrod MRA4s axed in 2010, Britain’s defense secretary told an air power conference here Wednesday.

“I don’t think the question any longer is a simple binary one of do we buy a maritime patrol aircraft or don’t we? It’s a much bigger question about how does long-range maritime surveillance capability fit into the bigger requirement for long endurance airborne ISTAR capability,” Philip Hammond said at the Royal United Services Institute conference.

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Source: defensenews.com

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