Israel’s New AEW System Nears Operational Status

 - December 17, 2007, 12:17 PM

After a short but intensive development phase, the IAI-Elta Conformal Airborne Early Warning (CAEW) system will go operational with the Israeli Air Force early next year. A program manager told attendees at the recent AEW Conference in London, organized by Defence-IQ, that the dual-band system was meeting all of its performance goals. The CAEW platform is a Gulfstream G550 business jet, which enables a higher cruising altitude than rival AEW systems. IAI is also developing two other configurations for the G550 for SIGINT and ground surveillance by radar. Singapore is the first export customer for the CAEW, and AIN will report in more detail on this development in our on-site editions at the Singapore Air Show in February.