How much does an RC-135 cost?

How much does an RC-135 cost?

RC-135W Airseeker The Airseeker is a SIGINT aircraft for the Royal Air Force (RAF) based on the Boeing RC-135 Rivet Joint aircraft. Three KC-135R aircraft are to be purchased and converted to RC-135W Rivet Joint standard. The cost per airframe is believed to be $330 million.

What is a RC-135 aircraft?

Boeing RC-135 is a four engine, medium weight reconnaissance aircraft designed and manufactured by Boeing Defence and Integrated Systems for the US Air Force (USAF). The aircraft is derived from its predecessor the C-135 Stratolifter and can execute intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operations.

What is the Rivet Joint aircraft?

RC-135W Rivet Joint is a dedicated electronic surveillance aircraft that can be employed in all theatres on strategic and tactical missions. Its sensors ‘soak up’ electronic emissions from communications, radar and other systems.

How many Rivet Joint aircraft are there?

20 aircraft
The Rivet Joint global fleet includes 20 aircraft, three of which belong to the Royal Air Force. ZZ664 is the first aircraft from the combined UK/US fleet to undergo these major enhancements.

What is Cobra Ball?

The Cobra Ball RC-135S is a rapidly deployable aircraft which uses multiple sensors to detect ballistic targets as well as provide verification measures in arms control situations.

What is a Cobra Ball aircraft?

The RC-135S Cobra Ball is a rapidly deployable aircraft which flies Joint Chiefs of Staff-directed missions of national priority to collect optical and electronic data on ballistic targets.

What aircraft do RAF use?

Royal Air Force
Attack General Atomics MQ-9A Reaper
Fighter Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 F-35B Lightning
Multirole helicopter Bell Griffin HAR2 Boeing Chinook HC4/5/6/6A Leonardo AW109SP GrandNew Westland Puma HC2
Trainer helicopter Airbus Helicopters Juno HT1 Airbus Helicopters Jupiter HT1

What is Istar in the RAF?

THE STATION Air ISTAR is the RAF’s eyes and ears in the sky and provides British and NATO military commanders with critical information about activity on the ground, in the air, and at sea. Approximately 3,500 Service personnel, civil servants and contractors work at RAF Waddington.

What is a TC 135?

What kind of aircraft is the Boeing RC-135?

The Boeing RC-135 is a family of large reconnaissance aircraft built by Boeing and modified by a number of companies, including General Dynamics, Lockheed, LTV, E-Systems, and L3 Technologies, and used by the United States Air Force and Royal Air Force to support theater and national level intelligence consumers with near real-time on-scene

Where does the RC-135U COMBAT SENT fly from?

OVER GREENVILLE, Texas — An RC-135U Combat Sent aircraft flies a training mission from Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. The RC-135U aircraft are manned by Air Combat Command crews from the 45th Reconnaissance Squadron and the 97th Intelligence Squadron.

When was the first Royal Air Force RC 135 built?

There was also a line of C-135 transports, EC-135 command posts, RC-135 intelligence gatherers and a host of other variants, with the KC and RC remaining in widespread service. Developed under Boeing’s Model 739 series, the first of a long line of RC-135 variants was ordered in 1962.

Are there any KC 135s in the Air Force?

Boeing built 732 KC-135s in different variants, many of them ultimately re-engined with the modern CFM56 turbofan, known as the F108 in military service. These aircraft are designated KC-135R.