Although all four systems are unique, the Rivet Joint
electronic surveillance system is probably the most complex.
But while the US has 14 Rivet Joints
, six are spying on Isis in the Middle East.
The Boeing RC-135W Rivet Joint
signals intelligence aircraft was delivered under the UK's Airseeker effort, which will see the RAF operate three converted KC-135Rs in line with the US Air Force's Rivet Joint
force, Flightglobal said.
Because of severe cost overruns of Project Helix, the replacement program for Britain's ageing Nimrod reconnaissance aircraft, the British approached the United States in 2007 to inquire about procuring three RC-135 Rivet Joint
The Airmen with the 55th Wing deploy with the RC-135 Rivet Joint
We call it the Rivet Joint
that does our signals intelligence for us.
Session Three, "Command and Control of the Electronic Order of Battle," will include the following presentations: Rivet Joint
, Compass Call, EP-3C, EA-6B, B-52H AEA, MALD/MALD-J, J-UCAS, Global Hawk, AESA, EC Battle Management, and AEA.
The EXORD tasked personnel at the CAOC-T to plan the mission, beginning with IPB from AWACS, Rivet Joint
, and Joint STARS aircraft.
The Rivet Joint
is a reconnaissance aircraft that provides the Air Force with on-scene intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination capabilities at both the theater and national levels.
In a recent address to the Heritage Foundation, Pentagon Comptroller Dov Zakheim did manage to specify a handful of items that he argued would be useful in tracking down and targeting terrorists, including unmanned surveillance vehicles, like the Northrop Grumman Global Hawk, and specialized reconnaissance aircraft like the RC-135 "Rivet Joint
." But these systems are small change compared with the tens of billions the Pentagon will continue to devote to big-ticket, cold war-era white elephants like the F-22.
Much of that will be used to accelerate production of the manned RC-135V/W Rivet Joint
reconnaissance aircraft and the unmanned Global Hawk, which has still to complete its testing programme.
Several flight tracking services reported on Saturday that a Boeing RC-135W Rivet Joint
reconnaissance aircraft of the UK's Royal Air Force (RAF) conducted a flight over the territories of Israel and Jordan, near the Syrian border.