I've been hearing rumours that the government is going to pull the plug on the Nimrod MRA4. Cost over-runs, late etc are some of the reasons but the biggest one is that there is no real submarine threat anymore so do we really need them?
I would like to see them in service but I think that the writing is on the wall. I wonder if it would have been more secure if it actually had entered service in line with the original programme (albeit it was never going to happen anyway). There's nothing like a sucess to help your case. Mind you it won't be the first time something like this has happened (TSR2 is a good example) but it may well be the last time.