Twin Star Watch

Schleigg
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From PPRuNE:

Article on the Daily Telegraph website

The Twin Star aircraft, which can fly for 18 hours a time and reach an altitude of 18,000ft, could be equipped with recorders to keep watch on terrorist suspects. Footage could then be beamed via satellite back to troop stations, other planes or offices in Britain.

It is believed that the two new aircraft, which can carry infrared cameras and ground-mapping radar, will be used by 39 Squadron, a unit comprising members from all three armed forces based at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada, US.

The Squadron currently flies unmanned surveillance and bombing missions against the Taliban in Afghanistan by remote control.

The new planes are also expected to take over some spy tasks from RAF Nimrods.

An RAF source told the Sun newspaper: "With the right sensor array, they can see if a suspected terrorist is at home, listen in to and record his mobile calls and tell you if his car engine is hot, warm or cold."

The basic cost of the Canadian-made aircraft is £325,000, but it is believed that the RAF's customised, four-man versions cost £2 million to put together. They are able to fly for such long stretches as their engines, 1.7 litre petrol or turbo-diesel, are light and economical.

The MoD has confirmed that it purchased the two Twin Star planes. The RAF is also believed to be planning to buy unmanned Twin Star drone planes, which can fly for 30 hours continuously.
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Useful info for those going for interview and is this a follow through from the rumours flying around of King Airs being used on ops?
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wow great stuff Schleigg. Thanks mate. I dont personally read The Sun so i never would have caught onto to this.
However, can anyone confirm if this is true? There is nothing on the RAF website yet.
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Well there's no news about it either on the MoD's site or the RAF's.
You'd have thought they'd be making more of a song and dance about it.

Pprune doesn't seem to suggest it's not true, but they don't seem overly keen, either.



A DA42 is tiny, 4 people for 18hrs? Are they RAF recruiting smurfs?


You don't think there's a possibility they've been mistaken, seeing rumours about this a/c type and got confused about the two Reapers already in service with 39sqn?

Because that's the other thing that's confusing - why give actual piloted a/c to a sqn based overseas specialised to UAVs?


Edit: Pprune thread is here, gives a bit more info than the last time I looked. Apparently the two a/c are on the civil register and are at Boscombe now. Important to remember that Pprune is for rumours though.
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