Mark Tami MP happy to see Raytheon’s Sentinel Programme extended

Mark Tami was this week delighted to learn that after the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), Raytheon’s Sentinel Programme is acquiring further investment. The Sentinel programme has enabled Raytheon UK to become the only all-British missions systems integrator based in North Wales, that can deliver end to end intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) for the UK armed forces.

Mark Tami said, “This is fantastic news. The proposed extension will sustain the high value skills built upon the success of the Sentinel programme at Broughton and will therefore create significant high value jobs in Alyn and Deeside.”

Sentinel has been in service since 2009, with over 30,000 operational hours supporting concurrent military operations around the world, including Libya, Afghanistan, Mali, Nigeria and now Syria. It was announced this week that with the Raytheon Sentinel R1 fleet life is to be extended from 2018 to “into the next decade”; a feat for the programme, that according to the 2010 SDSR was due to retire from service at the end of UK operations in Afghanistan.