Five years after scrapping the Nimrod
spy planes, he confirmed plans to buy nine new US-built Boeing P-8 Poseidon s.
had been used by the RAF for 30 years until they were axed.
SO, the Government is to get rid of the Nimrod
reconnaissance planes which give air protection to the Royal Navy's Trident submarines.
The decision to scrap the Nimrod
leaves a huge gap in the UK's defence capability and is a betrayal of the workers that played a part in its manufacture.
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".
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.
A SHOCKING 227 fuel leaks hit RAF Nimrod
spy planes last year.
Three weeks ago, a coroner said the entire fleet of Nimrods
should be grounded.
In fact, the reason the unsafe Nimrods
are still flying is to offer intelligence support to ground troops who are otherwise in real danger of being overrun.
According to one source, the SIGINT Nimrods
were upgraded to a configuration called Starwindow in the mid-1990s that included two high-speed search receivers, a wideband digital direction-finding system, and 22 pooled digital intercept receivers.
A pounds 4billion programme, already under way, to replace the ageing Nimrods
with a new model was also jettisoned.