Israel to procure one additional G550 based special mission aircraft

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is procuring one additional Gulfstream G550 business jet, modified for special missions, FlightGlobal reported citing sources.

According to the report, Col H, head of the IAF’s aircraft department, has confirmed that an additional special mission asset based on the G550 is under construction but declined to identify the operational role of the aircraft.

The new aircraft will be reportedly equipped with upgraded systems offering enhanced performance due to the rising demand for surveillance in the Middle East region in the face of new threats.

IAF currently operates five modified G550 jets which are assigned to the 122 (Nachshon) squadron based at the Nevatim Airbase.

This include two Eitam airborne early warning and control system (AEW&CS) aircraft and three Shavit communications/electronic intelligence (COMINT/SIGINT) aircraft.

The Eitam, mounted with IAI EL/W-2085 radar system, is designated as Conformal Airborne Early Warning (CAEW) aircraft while Shavit is as Special Electronic Missions Aircraft (SEMA).

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