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IAI EL/W-2085 (G550)

Israel (2012)
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Origin: Israel
Year: 2012
Type: Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) - Israel / Gulfstream Aircraft - USA
Production: 30
Status: Active, Limited Service


The IAI EL/W-2085 is an Israeli military development of the commercial Gulfstream G550 series business jet aircraft and outfitted for the AEW&C role.


Detailing the development and operational history of the IAI EL/W-2085 (G550) Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 1/5/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The Gulfstream G550 series of business jets has proven itself a popular and capable airframe in more ways than one with some 550 aircraft built to date (2018). In the middle of the last decade, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) teamed up with Elta Electronics Industries (EEI) to modify this same jet to serve the AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning & Control) role for the Israeli Air Force (IAF). The work involved outfitting the existing aircraft with the Elta EL/W-2085 "Eltam" dual-band sensor radar suite as well as installing its applicable control stations, sensors and systems to produce the IAI EL/W-2085. The dorsal fin saw a series of antenna and sensors fitted and a bulging pod was added to the top of the vertical tail fin. Perhaps the most noticeable change was the slab-sided structures to the fuselage which are used to house the radomes in conformal installations.

The EL/W-2085 series aircraft entered service with the IAF in April of 2012 and are used to provide combat warplanes with real-time information on the current battlescape. These aircraft succeeded the aging (and expensive) Boeing Model 707s equipped (with EL/M-2075 series radr) for the same AEW&C role. The aircraft also serves the Singapore Air Force. Upcoming operators of the EL/W-2085 system include Australia, Italy and the United States.
The G550 airframe more-or-less maintains the same form and function of the original Gulfstream product. It is powered by a pair of engines seated along the aft section of the fuselage. The wing mainplanes are swept back and low-mounted while the horizontal tailplanes are seated high. A typical tricycle undercarriage is used for ground-running.






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 750mph
Lo: 375mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (587mph).

    Graph average of 562.5 miles-per-hour.
City-to-City Ranges
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Global Operators:
Australia (planned); Israel; Italy (planned); Singapore; United States (planned)
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the IAI EL/W-2085 (G550) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
12


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
96.78 ft


Meters
29.5 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
93.50 ft


Meters
28.5 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
25.92 ft


Meters
7.9 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
48,502 lb


Kilograms
22,000 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
91,492 lb


Kilograms
41,500 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
2 x Rolls-Royce BR710 turbofan engines developing 15,383lb of thrust each.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
587 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
945 kph


Knots
510 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
7,767 mi


Kilometers
12,500 km


Nautical Miles
6,749 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
51,001 ft


Meters
15,545 m


Miles
9.66 mi

Supported Weapon Systems:

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

Mission-critical equipment carried for the AEW&C role.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• EL/W-2085 - Base Series Designation