Government slammed for decision to axe Nimrod
MPs have slammed the Government’s decision to scrap the next generation of Nimrod maritime surveillance aircraft.
The Nimrod MRA4 was cancelled in the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review, as ministers attempted to fill a £38billion black hole in the Defence budget.
The project, designed to replace the Nimrod MR2, was already years late and over budget.
A report published by the House of Commons Defence Committee said the decision has created a “capability gap” in maritime surveillance, leaving the UK dependent on other nations.
Committee chairman James Arbuthnot said: “We are unconvinced that the MoD has the capacity to respond to any escalation in the risks that may appear beyond the UK’s shores.
“Furthermore we believe the risk is likely to worsen in the medium term as further surveillance capabilities are withdrawn or not yet filled.”
The committee accused the MoD of sending “mixed messages” over the need for Nimrod, saying it doesn’t need it, yet ackowledging that its absence is a risk.