Retired squadron leader Bob Hellyer, who flew Nimrods
at RAF Kinloss, said of the decision to buy the P-8s: "I don't find this surprising because it's essential.
Party sources say they will opt for a cheaper model because Nimrods
are too expensive.
HOW can ministers justify scrapping new Nimrod
spy planes that cost the taxpayer pounds 4billion to manufacture, plus pounds 200million in demolition costs (Mirror, Jan 28)?
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.