Sentinel Aircraft

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 11th June 2020.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Shadow Minister (Defence) (Armed Forces and Defence Procurement), Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what financial effect the covid-19 outbreak has had on his Department’s decision to cease Raytheon Sentinel.

Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Shadow Minister (Defence) (Armed Forces and Defence Procurement), Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of the decision to cease the service of Raytheon Sentinel on the UK economy.

Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Shadow Minister (Defence) (Armed Forces and Defence Procurement), Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of the delay to the integrated security review on the transparency of decision-making to cease Raytheon Sentinel.

Photo of Jeremy Quin Jeremy Quin The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The Covid-19 outbreak has had no bearing on Sentinel.

The Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 determined that Sentinel should have an out of service date (OSD) of March 2021.

Sentinel’s radar and mission system are now increasingly obsolescent and will face increasing reliability issues as time progresses. Retaining the capability would have required significant upgrade expenditure and the March 2021 out of service date has been retained. It is necessary to retire certain capabilities at planned OSDs to allow re-investment in future capability.

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