British Military Aviation in 2002

Following problems with the Nimrod MRA4 project, the Ministry of Defence
and BAe Systems agree additional funding and a new in-service date of
2009. The lack of a viable submarine threat in the future is cited by
MoD as the reason for a reduction in quantity from 21 to 18.

It is announced that No.10 Squadron BAe VC10 aircraft will no longer
to be used as VIP long range transports.

Operation Fresco: 3,000 Royal Air Force (RAF) personnel provide cover
during the Fire Brigade Union’s industrial dispute.

The Ministry of Defence reveals its requirement for up to 150 Lockheed
Martin F35s, with the first due to start service in 2010.

The MBDA Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM) enters service
with the Royal Air Force.