Summary: Scrapping the RAF's Nimrod
surveillance aircraft will leave a "massive gap" in British security, former defence chiefs have warned.
GOVERNMENT ministers and military chiefs have defended the decision to scrap the RAF's Nimrod
surveillance planes, after a group of retired senior officers warned it would leave a "massive gap" in Britain's security.
This came in an open letter directed to UK daily " The Daily Telegraph", UK former military chiefs believe that the decision to destroy nine Nimrods
in order to save money is perverse.
The Telegraph has also learnt that very senior military chiefs have written privately to defence industry figures to begin looking at replacing the Nimrods
in three years' time.
UNION leaders have attacked the Government's controversial decision to scrap the multibillion-pound Nimrod
spy planes as contractors prepared to strip the aircraft before they are dismantled for scrap metal.
TWO serving RAF officers are being investigated by military police over a Nimrod
spy plane explosion which killed three Merseyside servicemen.
As head of air vehicle for the Nimrod
Mr Eagles was supposed to be in charge of managing production of the safety review.
Mr Ainsworth sparked fury among families of the dead servicemen last year when he issued a statement immediately after the inquest, insisting the Nimrods
would keep on flying.
THE FIRST production MRA4 Nimrod
aircraft has been powered up, defence giant BAE Systems has said.
A SHOCKING 227 fuel leaks hit RAF Nimrod
spy planes last year.
THE father of a man killed in a Nimrod
spy plane explosion has criticised the use of the same kind of aircraft in a ceremonial flypast.
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.