Rivet Joint Joins The RAF. Strategy Page.
Any opinions, oh flying ones?
October 8, 2008: The United States is selling Britain three RC-135 "Rivet Joint" electronic warfare aircraft. Each will cost about $350 million. These will be built by converting three late model KC-135 tankers.
Britain has found such aircraft very useful in Afghanistan, where their own electronic monitoring planes, based on their Nimrod maritime reconnaissance aircraft. But the Nimrods are old and have developed problems that make them dangerous to fly. Britain feels that the best solution is to buy copies of the best available electronic warfare aircraft.