C4iSR: Air

Australia to boost EW capabilities with modified Gulfstream G550 business jets

18 March 2019

Australia is to buy four modified examples of the Gulfstream G550 business jet, designated the MC-55A ‘Peregrine’, to strengthen the country’s electronic warfare (EW) capabilities, Defence Minister Christopher Pyne and Minister for Defence Industry Linda Reynolds announced on 18 March.

The pair said in a joint statement that the AUD2.4 billion (USD1.68 billion) acquisition would actively strengthen EW support to naval, air, and land forces for operations in complex electromagnetic environments.

The MC-55A would be integrated into the country’s joint warfighting networks “providing a critical link between platforms, including the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter, E-7A Wedgetail, EA-18G Growler, navy surface combatants and amphibious assault ships, and ground assets to support the warfighter,” Pyne stated.

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