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Sentinel R Mk 1  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1 December 2008
Total Production: 5
Unitary Cost: USD$260 million
Also Known As: ASTOR
Origin: United Kingdom
Corporations: BAE Systems, Bombardier, Cubic Corporation, General Dynamics, L-3 Communications, Raytheon*, SELEX ES and Thales   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: ASTOR
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1 December 2008
Total Production: 5
Total Cost: USD$1.3 billion
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Description: The Airborne Standoff Radar (ASTOR) program was launched by the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide day/night, all-weather imagery of the ground over a large area. The intelligence imagery should be analyzed on board the aircraft and passed in near real-time to ground stations and other military systems.

The ASTOR airborne platform was designated the Sentinel R MK1. Its key system is a dual mode, long-range radar capable of delivering both Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery and Moving Target Indicator (MTI) data. The critical information provided by this surveillance system can be transmitted to ground-based stations via data-link in support of brigade and division level operations.

The first ASTOR airborne platform, a modified Bombardier Global Express twin-engine jet aircraft, is expected to be delivered to the Royal Air Force (RAF) after 2005 achieving an Initial Operational Capability (IOC) by 2006. As of June 2005, the ASTOR equipped with dual mode radar first flight was expected in September 2005. The RAF plans call to deploy up to 5 ASTOR aircraft before 2010. As of 2014 the RAF is planning to retire the Sentinel fleet by 2015 or 2018 due to budget cuts.

Sentinel R Mk 1 Specifications

Crew: 2
Number of Engines: 2
Max Takeoff Thrust: 29,500 pound (13,381 kilogram)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Sentinel R Mk 1 News

There are 9 news between
27 May 2004 and 19 Oct 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010United Kingdom Releases its Strategic Defence and Security Review
Tuesday, February 10, 2009Final Sentinel R1 ASTOR Aircraft Delivered to RAF After Successful Trials in Afghanistan
Raytheon Delivers Final Sentinel R Mk 1 Aircraft for UK ASTOR System
Monday, December 1, 2008ASTOR Enters Service in UK
ASTOR Surveillance Aircraft Enters Service with the RAF
Monday, July 14, 2008Raytheon Completes ASTOR Capabilities Testing With UK Ministry of Defence
Tuesday, April 11, 2006British Sentinel Program Enters Flight Testing
Monday, June 27, 2005First Dual Mode Radar Installed onto UK ASTOR
Thursday, May 27, 2004ASTOR Aircraft Completes its First Flight

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