Air Platforms

Italy receives second CAEW aircraft from Israel

24 January 2018

The Italian Air Force has received its second Conformal Airborne Early Warning (CAEW) aircraft from the Israeli Ministry of Defence and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the Israeli company announced in a 21 January press release.

The Italian Air Force has received its second CAEW aircraft. (IAI)The Italian Air Force has received its second CAEW aircraft. (IAI)

The CAEW aircraft is a Gulfstream G-550 jet, developed by IAI subsidiary Elta Systems and delivered to Italy with an active electronically scanned array four-dimensional radar system, which tracks airborne and surface targets. It also has a NATO-compatible communications system, developed jointly by Elta and Italy’s Leonardo Communications.

According to IAI, the aircraft has maritime and electronic surveillance equipment designed for operating at long ranges.

The electronic surveillance measures detect emitters, their electronic parameters, and platforms, IAI said in the press release. The aircraft comes with active and passive self-protection sensors, designed to detect threats and activate countermeasures against incoming missiles.

The onboard mission computer system generates aerial and maritime situational pictures through the fusion of data from multiple sensors and tactical datalinks.

A ground station provides satellite communications, mission support features, and an operator training system.

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