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Israel Unveils New Spy Plane

The plane, whose purpose is airborne early-warning, intelligence-gathering, and air combat command is now in service with the Israeli Air Force.
By Pinchas Sanderson
First Publish: 7/17/2008, 1:54 PM

Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) has unveiled its newest plane. The aircraft is an Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) center which gathers intelligence and commands combat. The new plane is already in service with the Israel Air Force.



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The aircraft has been modified to include an advanced airborne early warning phased array radar which covers 360 degrees around the plane while in flight. In addition, its command and control systems are heavily automated. The aircraft is based on the GulfStream G550 executive jet, which according the IAI, is extremely fuel efficient for long-range missions. 


The Conformal Airborne Early Warning & Control Aircraft in flight

IAI is currently the leader in the AEW&C market and will present the plane formally at the world-renowned Farnborough Air Show in the UK shortly.

In the above video, an IAI official presents the features of the new product.