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Support from the sky – how will the UK replace Nimrod?

By the time the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) officially cancelled the Nimrod programme in 2010, the writing had been on the wall for some time that the aircraft would never fly as part of the Royal Air Force (RAF) fleet. Now, with the major components of the UK’s next-generation maritime security capabilities – Joint Strike Fighter, Type 26 destroyers and Astute class attack submarines – still some time away, the UK’s vulnerability in this area is becoming increasingly critical.

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