IAI’s Gulfstream G550-based conformal airborne early warning & control (CAEW) aircraft is making its world debut here at Farnborough. The aircraft has flown with the Israel Air and Space Force only since February, and its appearance here was not confirmed until a few days before the show.
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.
When Singapore revealed that it had chosen the Gulfstream G550 business jet as its new AEW platform last April, Northrop Grumman officials were reportedly shocked. They had every confidence that the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) would select the E-2D, an upgraded version of the Hawkeye twin turboprop that had served the RSAF well for nearly 20 years.
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.
With the Feb. 1, 2009 deadline approaching to replace 121.5-MHz emergency locator transmitters (ELT) with 409- MHz units, French firm ELTA is preparing to market a personal ELT that will meet the new mandate at about one fourth the cost of a unit installed in the aircraft.
According to French electronics company Elta, its new ADT406S emergency locator transmitter is not only the first to pass the most recent, more stringent safety tests but it is the only survival ELT currently offered having both salt and freshwater activation. The unit, which meets both U.S. and European requirements, also features a built-in removable identification mode and float-free capability.
The Nordam Group (Booth No. 954) has hired Terry Gray as director of engineering and program management at its Interiors and Structures Division. Gray will be responsible for current and future programs planning as Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Nordam moves forward with engineering-driven manufacturing programs. Gray will report directly to Gary Ball, vice president and general manager, Interiors and Structures Division.
Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) Elta Systems division has unveiled what it describes as a new generation of airborne radar warning receivers. Designated the EL/L-8265RWL, IAI describes the system as being highly accurate in terms of providing the pilot with the exact location of any potential threat systems. It operates in the 1-18 GHz frequency band, has 360-degree spatial coverage and utilizes a simple antenna configuration.
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