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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Hikoki Publications (31 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902109384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902109381
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 1 x 29.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As WWII closed, the Air Staff decided to preserve the UK's electronic intelligence (ELINT) expertise, resulting in the formation of the Radio Warfare Establishment and later the Central Signals Establishment. A tentative ELINT program was commissioned in 1946 using a small number of Lancaster and Mosquito aircraft specially modified for the task and as relations with the Soviet Union deteriorated, interest focused on the growing Soviet air defense system, with the 1948 Berlin crisis resulting in the first major ELINT program against the Soviet Union's air defenses. During the mid-1950s the Washington and Canberra were introduced as interim ELINT platforms and proposals were made for the use of V.1000, the Shackleton and the Comet for this new and dangerous branch of warfare, often requiring flight close to, or over, hostile territory. Operations against Indonesia and China, and worsening relations with Iran, increased the importance of ELINT operations during the 1960s and 1970s and in the quest for more capable aircraft, the Comet 4 was passed over in favor of the Nimrod. ELINT aircraft proposals including the VC-10 and Airbus are covered, while "Listening In" also details operations in the Falklands, Iraq, Kosovo and Afghanistan as the authors draw together, for the first time, a mass of unpublished material to describe the evolution of the secretive ELINT aircraft, their equipment and operations. The story is bought right up-to-date with Project Helix and the controversial decision to scrap the almost complete Nimrod MRA.4 fleet and instead acquire the EC-135R Rivet Joint. A highly detailed work illustrated throughout with over 180 photographs and drawings, "Listening In" tells the full story of this secret world and it's aircraft (both actual and proposed) and is a natural companion to Chris Gibson's best-selling "Vulcan's Hammer" and "Battle Flight."

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Hayden on 27 Sept. 2014
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A well researched and well written book on a very niche area of interest. It does cover, in depth just that one area of RAF operations, and I learned a lot about the subject. Well recommended.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By g4mqm on 24 Aug. 2014
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In my opinion the book was wrongly mamed it was About the aircraft of Elint and not the story of Intel gathering,A good Reference book for Aircraft enthusiats but not really of interest to Intel gatherers
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John on 16 Sept. 2014
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For anyone interested in Electronic Intelligence Gathering this book is a must. Filled with photos of the equipment and aircraft used since 1945.
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Very well researched and scholarly. The book provides a lot of new information not previously available outside the select few who worked on the various projects down the years.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DaveyDoo on 21 Oct. 2014
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A good read if you're interested in this sort of thing. It gives an interesting take on the selection of the comet airframe for use in the Nimrod project. I'd always thought that the VC10 would have been the better choice.
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Excellent book - a lot of research has gone into this book. Highly recommended to anyone interested in this topic.
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As this field is of particular interest to me I have found it a useful source of information.
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By S. Newton on 7 May 2015
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Excellent book light on Nimrod R1 but it was secret. Good background on RAF ELINT aircraft.
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