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Here's an abbreviated version of the Strategic Defense and Security Review unveiled today by the U.K. government:BAE Systems MRA4 Nimrod -- cancelledLockheed Martin C-130J -- retired a decade earlyRaytheon R1 Sentinel (Astor) -- to be retired early.BAE Systems Harrier -- to be retired next year.Lockheed Martin F-35 -- Cut and delayed. Final numbers unknown. Switch to F-35C from F-35B (not clear if for RAF and Royal Navy, or just RN).Airbus A400M -- 22 to be bought.AirTanker FSTA Refuelers -- PFI retained at 14 aircraft.RC-135 Rivet Joints -- purchase plans retainedTornado GR4 -- retained, for now. Numbers still under review.Boeing Chinooks -- 12 more to be bought.AgustaWestland Wildcat -- retained for Army and Royal Navy.Aircraft carriers -- cut, restructured, and delayed until 2020. Trident replacement -- delayed. New in-service date: 2028
ar99, SDSR, U.K.
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