AEW debutantes

 - July 13, 2008, 8:40 AM

IAI’s Conformal Airborne Early Warning aircraft, top right, arrives at Farnborough for its first public appearance. Underneath all the bulges and fairings lurks a Gulfstream G550 bizjet airframe, which has been heavily modified to carry the conformal arrays for the Elta EL/M-2085 airborne early warning radar.

The first G550 CAEW entered service with the Israel Air and Space Force in February, followed by the second of three in May. In IASF service the aircraft is known as the Eitam.

Also making its public debut here is the Saab 2000 AEW&C, right, which has taken time off from its flight test campaign to appear at the show. It has been flying only since April 30.