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RAF Sentinel R.1

The aircraft, Sentinel R1, is a modified version of the Global Express, which is an executive business jet manufactured by Bombardier. The Sentinel is the RAF's only long-range wide area battlefield surveillance asset, providing critical intelligence and target tracking information to British and Coalition forces. Using the aircraft's powerful radar the mission crew can identify and track numerous targets over great distances, passing the information in near real time to friendly forces.

The mission crew is backed up by a team of intelligence specialists who conduct in-depth forensic analysis of data collected by the aircraft, generating intelligence products that are passed to commanders and decision makers enabling them to plan future operations. The on-board Intelligence Analysts are a mix of RAF and British Army Intelligence Corps SNCOs.

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