Conformal Airborne Early Warning Gulfstream first flight
10 Jun 2006
On June 5, 2006, Gulfstream Aerospace announced it had completed the first flight of its Conformal Airborne Early Warning (CAEW) special mission aircraft on May 20. The type's maiden flight took place three weeks after it was rolled out from the production hangar in Savannah, Ga.
The aircraft is a large-cabin, long-range Gulfstream G550 jet aircraft, which will serve as the platform for the Israeli Ministry of Defense's AEW surveillance system.
Gulfstream was awarded a contract in 2003 to supply CAEW aircraft to the Israeli Ministry of Defense. The contract included options that were recently exercised. Following extensive flight-testing, Gulfstream will deliver the first CAEW aircraft to ELTA Systems Ltd. at the end of August. ELTA Systems Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI), will provide and install the mission electronic equipment.