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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 1/31/2018; 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.

January 2018 - The nation of Italy has ordered a second G550 model aircraft to fulfill the Airborne Early Warning role within its ranks.
Any available statistics for the Gulfstream G500 Large-Cabin Business Jet / Special Mission Platform are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).
Gulfstream G550 Specifications
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United States
Year: 2004
Status: Active, In-Service
Type: Large-Cabin Business Jet / Special Mission Platform
Manufacturer(s): Gulfstream - USA
Production: 500
Supported Mission Types
Ground Attack
Close-Air Support
Airborne Early Warning
Electronic Warfare
Aerial Tanker
Passenger Industry
VIP Travel
Business Travel
Special Forces
Crew: 2
Length: 96.78 ft (29.5 m)
Width: 93.50 ft (28.50 m)
Height: 25.92 ft (7.90 m)
Empty Weight: 48,281 lb (21,900 kg)
MTOW: 91,051 lb (41,300 kg)

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

Standard Day Performance
Maximum Speed: 584 mph (940 kph; 508 kts)
Maximum Range: 7,767 mi (12,500 km; 6,749 nm)
Service Ceiling: 51,001 ft (15,545 m; 9.66 mi)


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

Series 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.