Air Platforms

Mystery surrounds Algeria’s three ISR Gulfstream 550s

08 February 2018

Mystery continues to surround the Algerian Air Force’s USD1.1 billion deal for three intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR)-configured Gulfstream 550 aircraft.

The contract, brokered by the Algerian armed forces’ Joint Chief of Staff, General Ahmed Gaid Salah, was signed with aerospace giant Raytheon in late 2015, yet more than two years later the work appears to have stalled.

Raytheon outsourced the Algerian business to US-owned Field Aerospace, based at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma. This is where the three Gulfstream 550s – N543RN (serial number 5543), N546RN (5546), and N550RN (5550; ex-N750GA) – are currently housed. Field’s past work has involved the KC-10 and KC-135 tankers operated by the US Air Force (USAF), but the company also states on its website it is an ISR systems integrator.

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