Why We Are Here
RAF Waddington's Role
RAF Waddington is the hub of UK’s Air Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR), supporting UK, NATO and coalition operations.
Waddington is one of the RAF’s busiest stations and its squadrons and personnel are continuously involved in operations all around the world. The Station is the main operating base for airborne intelligence systems including the Sentinel R1, Rivet-Joint, Shadow, Reaper and the E-3D Sentry.
Ultimately, Air ISTAR is the RAF’s, and hence the Nation’s, eyes and ears in the sky. Waddington’s capabilities provide military commanders with information about activity in the air, on the ground and on the sea, to inform decision making and to focus the effect of other capabilities, thereby delivering operational success.
RAF Waddington’s Mission
To generate world-class expeditionary ISTAR capabilities.