IAI delivers CAEW aircraft to Italy
The first Conformal Airborne Early Warning and Control System (CAEW) aircraft has been delivered to Italy, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on 19 December.
The CAEW is an early warning and air control system installed on the G-550 Gulfstream aircraft developed by IAI subsidiary ELTA systems. Two aircraft are being delivered to the Italian Air Force under an agreement signed in 2012.
The aircraft is equipped with advanced mission systems and is designed for 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.
ELTA systems onboard the aircraft include Active Electronically Scanned Array four-dimensional radar; electronic surveillance measures system; self-protection system including active and passive sensors and countermeasures; and mission computer system. The NATO-compatible communications system has been produced jointly by ELTA and Leonardo.
The second aircraft is expected to be delivered in 2017.
IAI president and CEO, Joseph Weiss, said: ‘As part of the strengthening of our close relations with Italy and European industry, we are pleased to hand over the CAEW, one of IAI's most advanced systems, representing the next generation in mission aircraft, to the Italian Ministry of Defence.
‘We are proud that this joint development programme between IAI, Italian industry, and the Italian Ministry of Defence, has been highly successful and met the challenging schedule. We look forward to continuing this model of international cooperation with additional countries and customers.’
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