would have continued to provide long-range maritime and overland reconnaissance - including over the UK - anti-submarine surveillance, air-sea rescue coordination, and perhaps most importantly, reconnaissance support to the Navy's Trident submarines."
But Defence Secretaryr Liam Fox said the Nimrod
MRA4 project was massively over-budget and 10 years overdue and the Government was not willing to "throw good money after bad".
London, Jan.27 (ANI): Leading British militayr figures have warned that the David Cameron Government faces a huge security risk if it decides to go ahead with plans to scrap the Royal Air Force's (RAF's) four billion pound Nimrod
surveillance aircraft fleet.
Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth said the probe was taking place as he apologised for safety "failings" that contributed to the Nimrod
blowing up in mid-air.
TRAGEDY: A Nimrod
, similar to the one that crashed, from left, Flight Lieutenant Allan James Squires, Flt Lt Steven Swarbrick, Sgt John Joseph Langton, who were all killed in the crash
But he continued to insist the Nimrods
were safe to fly.
Steve Timms, Nimrod
MRA4 managing director, said: "The trials have been extremely successful, with the aircraft demonstrating excellent reliability throughout.
And the coroner recommended the UK's 15-strong Nimrod
fleet be grounded while checks were made.
Graham Knight said the inclusion of a Nimrod
, from RAF Kinloss, in the Queen's official birthday celebrations yesterday was "totally insensitive".
But you would know what it must feel like to be a member of the aircrew of our Nimrod
reconnaissance jets, who daily have to face climbing aboard aircraft that exactly fit the description above.
On-air promos spotlight the basketball games of the Watersmeet High "Nimrods
." The school has an enrollment of 78, but now, it seems people all over the country want to be a Nimrod
A pounds 4billion programme, already under way, to replace the ageing Nimrods
with a new model was also jettisoned.
GRP CAPT GEORGE BABER: Leader of MoD team responsible for safety review of Nimrods
. Report accused him of a "fundamental failure of leadership".
1977 - after various overseas deployments, Nimrods
are used in fishery protection and monitoring off-shore oil rigs.
Modifications to the Nimrods
were ordered following a crash which killed 14 service personnel in Afghanistan in 2006.