First CAEW G550 for the Italian Air Force
ISRAEL AND Italy have marked another significant step in the realization of the agreement signed in 2012 with the delivery of the first of two CAEW aircraft to Italy.
The ceremony was held at Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), and was attended by the Italian ambassador, senior officials from the Ministry of Defence's Directorate of Defence Research and Development (DDR&D) and representatives from the Italian Air Force.
The CAEW – Conformal Airborne Early Warning and Control System – installed on the G-550 Gulfstream aircraft, is an early warning and air control system developed by ELTA systems, an IAI subsidiary.
The second aircraft included in the agreement is expected to be delivered to the Italian Air Force during this year. The aircraft are equipped with advanced mission systems including radar, electronic intelligence, selfdefence and advanced communications systems to NATO standards.
DDR&D Director, Brig. Gen. (ret) Dr. Daniel Gold: said at the handing over ceremony: "The system reflects the deep, fruitful collaboration between the Italian and Israeli ministries of defence. It's both sides understanding of the needs and challenges that stand before the other. In the framework of this agreement, one of the products of which we see here before us, the Italian government signed a reciprocal procurement agreement with the Israeli defence industries at a volume of over four-billion NIS.
This is a continuation of the procurement of 30 training aircraft for the Israeli Air Force, made in Italy.
“The cooperation is very substantial and significant to the Israeli industry, and allows for the development of advanced technologies to be used first and foremost by the IDF, and provides two warning aircraft with the world’s most advanced abilities,” he said.
The G550 CAEW is a unique CAEW solution built on radar installed on the sides of the aircraft. The CAEW provides aerial and maritime situational awareness with 360-degree surveillance of airborne targets at all altitudes, over any terrain and in any weather conditions, including maritime surveillance and electronic surveillance. It can operate at long ranges with extended flight time....................... For the FULL ARTICLE please subscribe to our digital edition.