Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), has signed a contract to supply a customer with special-purpose aircraft. IAI reported the news. With a NATO country in Europe, a contract was signed worth more than $200million. The company didn’t provide any details about the order or delivery times.
IAI’s Elta Systems division will handle the creation of aircraft. This division specializes in intelligence gathering technologies and radar. The aircraft’s primary task will be to gather intelligence. They will also be built using business jets. IAI was the first company to create such reconnaissance aircraft.
” This contract focuses on modern special purpose aircraft and is yet another testament to our unique technologies which are a crucial strategic component of every army that uses them,” said Boaz Levy, IAI Executive Director.
” We are committed to providing cutting-edge technologies with advanced detection capabilities and intelligence capabilities to customers. This will ensure that they succeed in even the most difficult missions.” Yoav Turgeman, IAI Vice President Yoav Torgeman.
IAI provides special-purpose aircraft for business jets equipped with military systems. It also supplies commercial jets with early warning and control (AWACS), maritime patrol, and electronic intelligence (RTR)
IAI also supplied special-purpose aircraft for the Italian and Singaporean markets.
Jane’s (an information and analysis group) was told by an IAI source that the new contract is part a larger deal. However, the source declined to identify the country.
IAI reconnaissance aircraft built on the Gulfstream G550
The company provided the Israeli Air Force with Eitam AWACS and Shavit RTR aircraft. It is currently working on a new Oron reconnaissance platform. They all use the Gulfstream G550 business jet. However, the Israeli developer also makes special-purpose aircraft using Bombardier or Embraer models.
Jane’s sources noted that special-purpose aircraft are more affordable if they are business jets than cargo or passenger aircraft. He said that We have the advantage of being the first to recognize this trend and made a variety of solutions available to market.
According to the source, the company has offered electronically scanned active phased radar since the 1990s long before any other suppliers. He said This is what makes a special-purpose aircraft. Artificial intelligence is the second component. To develop this component, we are working with Israeli startups. According to me, this is a significant value added for our customers.