The decision to withdraw the Nimrod R1 was taken by the previous Government.
As at l June 2011, only the Nimrod Reconnaissance 1 (R1) was flying. There were 56 aircrew serving in direct support of the R1 on
In addition, 210 former Nimrod aircrew were awaiting assignment on
At the time the Nimrod MRA4 upgrade project was cancelled in October 2010, the forecast in-service date was 2012. The project was therefore nine years late and £3.9 billion over budget. None of the aircraft had been released into service at the time the project was cancelled.