The UK’s Airseeker system, built around a fleet of three RC-135V/W aircraft, sends intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data to UK and allied forces on operations.
Airseeker at a glance
- The three aircraft, operated by 51 Squadron RAF, are based at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.
- Airseeker’s primary role is to collect, analyse and share electronic surveillance data in support of national, joint and coalition operations all over the world.
- Crew includes two pilots, one navigator and up to 25 mission crew operating cutting-edge intelligence-gathering equipment.
- The DE&S Airseeker team oversaw the delivery of the three aircraft into service ahead of schedule and is now overseeing the support of the fleet.