The Philippine Air Force has established a contract through the United States government to purchase a Gulfstream G280 special mission aircraft configured for command and control missions.
The contract also includes parts, tooling and contractor logistics support, and the aircraft is slated for delivery in 2020, said a statement from Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (GD).
“The G280’s unmatched performance combined with the backup of our world-renowned Customer Support makes it an agile and reliable platform for the Philippine Air Force,” said Mark Burns, President of Gulfstream. “With more than 70 speed records and the ability to operate at steep-approach airports, the G280 can perform a variety of challenging missions.”
The G280 has a maximum range of 3,600 nautical miles/6,667 kilometers at its long-range cruise speed of Mach 0.80 and a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.84. The aircraft can fly eight hours nonstop and can connect Dubai to Hong Kong; Singapore to Melbourne, Australia; or Singapore to Dubai.
Gulfstream has produced special mission aircraft for more than 50 years. Aircraft can be configured for head-of-state and VIP transport; command and control (C2); airborne early warning (AEW); medical evacuation (MEDEVAC); high-altitude atmospheric research; and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR). More than 205 Gulfstream aircraft support governments and special missions in more than 40 countries around the world.
The company has recently established a $40.7 million contract with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for a Gulfstream G550 aircraft for use in supporting hurricane and tropical storm forecasts, atmospheric research, and other NOAA missions.