British Royal Air Force will provide spy aircraft Sentinel R1 to support French Army in Mali 2601132
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Defence News - United Kingdom
|Saturday, January 26, 2013, 12:18 PM|
|British Royal Air Force will provide spy aircraft Sentinel R1 to support French Army in Mali.|
A surveillance aircraft Sentinel R1 from RAF (British Royal Air Force) Waddington has been sent to Mali Friday, January 25, 2013, to support France's military action there, the Ministry of Defence said. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the Sentinel R1 aircraft "has proved its worth in Libya and on an ongoing basis for counter-insurgency operations in Afghanistan". Two British C-17 transport aircraft have already been sent to the region.
The Sentinel R1 spy plane is a modified business jet which uses radar to create accurate real-time images of what is happening on the ground.
The Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond, said: