The Regional Security System (RSS) is an international agreement for the defence and security of the eastern Caribbean region. It was first established in 1982 and formalised by legal Treaty in 1996. It’s members are: Antigua and Barbuda (since 1982), Barbados (since 1982), Dominica (since 1982), Grenada (since 1985), Saint Kitts and Nevis (since 1983), Saint Lucia (since 1982) and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (since 1982).
An Air Wing was established in 1999, with two aircraft donated by the United States. The first aircraft, not fitted with a sensor package, was delivered to Barbados in January 1999. It was used for training and logistics missions while the second aircraft was outfitted with surveillance equipment. The second aircraft was delivered in early 2001 and commenced operations shortly afterwards. The first aircraft was subsequently upgraded with the same standard of surveillance equipment.
The Air Wing has now operated very successfully for nearly 15 years. Between August 2013 and March 2015, the two RSS aircraft will be subjected to a complete overhaul and sensor systems upgrade, with each aircraft taking 6-8 months to undergo the process. The aircraft will emerge with state-of-the-art avionics and systems, ready for another decade of service.
||Memorandum of Understanding signed for provision of mutual assistance.
||Treaty formally establishing the RSS signed.
||First aircraft acquired.
||First aircraft with full sensor fit delivered.
The aircraft are currently undergoing a major overhaul and sensor upgrade, (late 2013-mid 2015).
No future procurement plans known.
RSS aircraft are basically dark grey overall, with a very distinctive ‘sharksmouth’ marking on the nose. No national markings or service titles are displayed. A RSS logo has recently been added to the fin.
Aircraft Serial Numbers
RSS aircaft use a single digit numerical serial, with the prefix RSS and the letter ‘A’ for Air Wing, eg: RSS-A1.
Coding system not used
None – Manufacturers designations used
Current Aircraft Inventory
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All-Time Aircraft Used List
Aircraft NOT Used
No false reports known.
RSS Headquarters, Christ Church, Barbados.
The RSS includes an Air Wing with two aircraft.
Current Order of Battle
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||Grantley Adams IAP, Barbados
Historical Orders of Battle
All-Time Flying Units List
Current Air Bases
Both aircraft are based at Grantley Adams IAP, Barbados.
All-Time Air Bases Used List
The aircraft use various airports in the Eastern Caribbean while conducting missions.
No feature articles known.
wikipedia: Regional Security System
Any photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.