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Gulfstream G500 - United States, 2004

Detailing the development and operational history of the Gulfstream G500 Large-Cabin Business Jet / Special Mission Platform.

 Entry last updated on 10/11/2017; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ¬©

  Gulfstream G500  
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Introduced in 2004, the Gulfstream G500 business jet has been built in over 500 examples for various global operators to date.

September 2017 - The Gulfstream G550 has been selected by L-3 Technologies (General Dynamics) to form the framework of the EC-X "Compass Call" platform for the United States Air Force (USAF). This design would replace the currently in-service Compass Call platforms based on the Lockheed C-130 Hercules (C-130H) high-winged transport. L-3 represents the prime contractor in the USAF program. The Boeing 737 (737-700) and Bombardier 6000 series jets were other possible contenders. Boeing and Bombardier are expected to protest the USAF decision to go with L3.

October 2017 - Israel announced plans to boost its fleet of G550 surveillance platforms.

Gulfstream G550 Specifications

Service Year: 2004
Type: Large-Cabin Business Jet / Special Mission Platform
National Origin: United States
Manufacturer(s): Gulfstream - USA
Total Production: 500

Structural (Crew, Dimensions, Weights)

Operating Crew (Typical): 2
Overall Length: 96.78 feet (29.5 meters)
Overall Width: 93.50 feet (28.50 meters)
Overall Height: 25.92 feet (7.90 meters)

Weight (Empty): 48,281 lb (21,900 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 91,051 lb (41,300 kg)

Power / Performance (Engine Type, Top Speed)

Engine: 2 x Rolls-Royce BR710 turbofan engines developing 15,385 lb of thrust each.

Maximum Speed: 508 knots (584 mph; 940 kph)
Maximum Range: 6,749 nautical miles (7,767 miles; 12,500 km)
Service Ceiling: 51,001 feet (15,545 meters; 9.66 miles)

Armament / Mission Payload


Global Operators (Customers, Users)

Azerbaijan; Australia; Germany; Israel; Italy; Kuwait; Morocco; Nigeria; Saudi Arabia; Singapore; Sweden; Tanzania; Turkey; Uganda; United States

Model Variants

G500 - Base Series Model; based on GV-SP version
G550 - Market model name for GV-SP
G550 AEW - Airborne Early Warning platform (Israel)
GV-SP - Base model name born from the Gulfstream V/GV family line with refinements and improvements to various systems.
C-37B - United States Military designation
EC-X "Compass Call" - Electronic CounterMeasures (ECM) platform for USAF; L3 Technologies suite mated to Gulfstream G550 series aircraft.

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