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IAI EL/W-2085 (G550)

Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) Aircraft

IAI EL/W-2085 (G550)

Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) Aircraft

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
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HISTORY
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OVERVIEW



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.
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ORIGIN: Israel
YEAR: 2012
STATUS: Active, Limited Service
MANUFACTURER(S): Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) - Israel / Gulfstream Aircraft - USA
PRODUCTION: 30
OPERATORS: Australia (planned); Israel; Italy (planned); Singapore; United States (planned)
SPECIFICATIONS



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.
CREW: 12
LENGTH: 96.78 feet (29.5 meters)
WIDTH: 93.50 feet (28.5 meters)
HEIGHT: 25.92 feet (7.9 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 48,502 pounds (22,000 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 91,492 pounds (41,500 kilograms)
ENGINE: 2 x Rolls-Royce BR710 turbofan engines developing 15,383lb of thrust each.
SPEED (MAX): 587 miles-per-hour (945 kilometers-per-hour; 510 knots)
RANGE: 7,767 miles (12,500 kilometers; 6,749 nautical miles)
CEILING: 51,001 feet (15,545 meters; 9.66 miles)




ARMAMENT



Mission-critical equipment carried for the AEW&C role.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• EL/W-2085 - Base Series Designation


HISTORY



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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Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

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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.
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Graph showcases the IAI EL/W-2085 (G550)'s operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
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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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Supported Roles
A2A
Interception
UAV
Ground Attack
CAS
Training
ASW
Anti-Ship
AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
VIP
Passenger
Business
Recon
SPECOPS
X-Plane/Development
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue