Bengaluru: Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) Conformal Airborne Early Warning and Control (CAEW) Aircraft, installed onboard a modified Gulfstream G550 business jet, flew into Bengaluru today. It will be presented at the Aero India 2009 Air Show, from 11 to 15 February at the Yelahanka Air Force Station here.
ELTA Systems Ltd, an IAI subsidiary, is the developer and system integrator of the CAEW Program for the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD). The first CAEW system was delivered in February 2008 to the IAF and has already entered operational service. A second CAEW aircraft was delivered in May 2008.
IAI/ELTA's Conformal Airborne Early Warning & Control (CAEW) Aircraft
The Israel Air Force CAEW serves a variety of operational missions, including Airborne Early Warning, Air Situation Picture Generation, and Air Combat Command and Control. The CAEW is the 3rd generation of Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) Systems developed by ELTA since the mid 1980s.
The G550 based CAEW long-endurance, high-altitude platform carries conformal dual-band AESA Radar & IFF (Identification Friend or Foe), ESM (Electronic Support Measures) and an integrated SPS (Self-Protection System). It includes a comprehensive Communications Suite designed for Network Centric Operations (NCO) which ensures extensive interoperability in any theater.