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First 90 million dollar American Gulfstream asset ordered

The US Navy has become the first American armed force to order a very special Gulfstream air asset: the G550 Green heavily modified for Airborne Early Warning & Control duty.

With a price tag of almost 92 million dollar the people at the Gulfstream plant in Savannah, Georgia (USA), must be very excited that finally their own country recognized the quality of their platform, made in cooperation with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).

Conformal Airborne Early Warning

Planned for starting operations in January 2019, the US Navy G-550 Green AEW&C will join a small international fleet, although it has not been disclosed yet if the machines will be similar in looks as the pair of G550 CAEW (Conformal Airborne Early Warning) the Israeli Air Force is flying. Other users are the Italian Air Force (2 G550 CAEW) and the Republic of Singapore Air Force (4 G550 CAEW).

Gulfstream to US armed forces

The Gulfstream as such is not new to the US armed forces, but until now was mainly enrolled in VIP transport duties as C-37B and the current numbers are small: one with the US Air Force, three with the US Navy and one with the US Army.

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Featured image: The Republic of Singapore Air Force Gulfstream G550 CAEW with IAI’s IAI EL/W-2085 sensors for AEW&C duty (Image © Owen65)

Qatar Airways incorporates Gulfstream flagship into fleet

It has been a nice month for Gulfstream Aerospace. Its flagship aircraft, the Gulfstream G650ER, was incorporated into the fleet of Qatar Airways as the first of up to 30 aircraft ordered.

The Southwest Asian airliner made a nice deal with for its daughter company Qatar Executive for at least 20 Gulfstream aircraft of various kinds, including the G500 and G600. “The G650ER will get its customers from Doha to New York, Cape Town or Beijing nonstop,” Mark Burns, a proud president of Gulfstream Aerospace said in a released press statement.

Luxury charter aircraft

Qatar Executive started in 2009, as a business and luxury charter service to its customers. They will now be able to travel 7,500 nautical miles (13,890 km) at speeds up to 562 knots without any stop on board the G650ER, an aircraft that was certified by the Federal Aviation Administration in 2014.

Roomy business jet

The G650ER is a relatively roomy business jet, with 16 big windows and with internet, phone and on-board printing capabilities. It can accommodate up to 19 passengers (10 in sleeping arrangements) and fly up to 51,000 feet of cruising altitude – higher than most airliners fly.

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Featured image: The Gulfstream G650ER of Qatar Executive (Image © Qatar Airways)

Italian Air Force continues with SIGINT gap

The Italian Air Force still has gotten no funds to finance its own signal intelligence gathering capability to replace the Alenia G.222 SIGINT aircraft it took out of service already in 2012. The stop gap solution with the leased Lockheed Martin Airborne Multi-Intelligence Laboratory (AML)/Gulfstream III will continue to fly for at least another one to three years, sources in Rome confirm.

Although Italy does get valuable intel with the single aircraft it has rented from the American weapons manufacturer, it is not owned nor even piloted by Aeronautica Militare crew. Lockheed Martin provides the crew, maintenance personnel and the three ground intelligence processing systems. After three years of service, there is no sign yet that Rome is looking for a replacement of its own or even buying the aircraft.

Lockheed Martin’s AML can be adapted for many other business jets, although in the case of Italy it is cramped into a Gulfstream III. The AML is a collection of systems and sensors with wideband and narrowband data-links. The software, architecture and payload bay options allow for custom-made solutions with different equipment, sensors, processors and communications. It is called a laboratory, since the jet is actually still flown as a try-out Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) solution, even if it has seen several years of action.

Interior of the Lockheed Martin AML stations on board the Gulfstream III (Image © Lockheed Martin)
Interior of the Lockheed Martin AML stations on board the Gulfstream III (Image © Lockheed Martin)

But already today the single jet based at Pratica di Mare Air Base cannot provide what Italy needs. With a need to get proper intel in time, the US military has been flying leased Beechcraft King Air 350 ISRs out of southern Italy to keep an eye on things. Recent with terrorist activities just oversees in Tunisia, an increasing unstable Libya, streams of thousands of people trying to make it across the Mediterranean Sea to Italy and an increasing active Russian military, sustaining a grown-up airborne intelligence fleet seems more essential than ever for the Italian Air Force.

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Featured image (top): The Lockheed Martin AML / Gulfstream III SIGINT solution (Image © Lockheed Martin)

Flexjet celebrates 20 years with Gulfstream

Providing business jets to those who want to fly them but not own them fully, fractional jet owner company Flexjet celebrated its 20th anniversary (May 2015) with the delivery of its first Gulfstream G450LXi, as part of an order for up to 50 new aircraft from the American manufacturer placed in October 2014.

The Learjet 85 first production aircraft FTV1 (Image © Bombardier)
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The new aircraft is a nice addition to the fleet that also compromises the G500LXi (since October 2014) and from early 2016 the G650LXi. Flexjet unveiled its first G450LXi at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Regional Forum at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport on 25 June 2015.

Capable of being outfitted for up to 16 passengers, the G450LXi can travel 4,350 nautical miles (8,056 km) with eight passengers, easily allowing for non-stop trips between the United States to European and South American destinations.

The G650LXi that will enter service early in 2016 will seat 12 passengers, yet can fly farther and faster. Its range of 7,000 nautical miles (12,964 km) enables it to travel nonstop from the U.S. to Europe or Asia. The G500LXi Flexjet received in October is capable of flying 5,000 nautical miles (9,260 km).

In total the approximately six years old and includes the Bombardier Learjet 45LXi and 75LXi, the Bombardier Challenger 300/350 and 604/605, the Bombardier Global Express and the Gulfstream G450, G500 and G650.

Source: Flexjet
Featured image: The Gulfstream G450 (Image © Gulfstream Aerospace)

30 Gulfstreams to Qatar Executive

Gulfstream booked a very nice order this week, with Qatar Executive buying 30 jets, comprising of G500s, G600 and the G650ER. The plans were announced in October last year, but hadn’t been put into ink yet until 18 May 2015.

From its start in 2009, Qatar Executive has become a player in air charter services for individuals, families, businesses, corporations and governments. The company is part of Qatar Airways.

The G500 and G600 have been newly designed. The G500 can fly 5,000 nautical miles (9,260 km) at Mach 0.85 or 3,800 nm (7,038 km) at Mach 0.90. The G600 is capable of traveling 6,200 nm (11,482 km) at Mach 0.85 or 4,800 nm (8,890 km) at Mach 0.90. The maximum operating speed for both aircraft is Mach 0.925, the same speed as Gulfstream’s G650 and G650ER.

The first flight of the G500 occurred on 18 May 2015. Gulfstream projects it will receive type certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency in 2017. The G600 flight-test program is expected to begin approximately 12 to 18 months after the G500’s, and entry-into-service is projected to be in 2019.

The G650ER can travel 7,500 nm (13,890 km) at Mach 0.85 and 6,400 nm (11,853 km) at Mach 0.90. Gulfstream announced the G650ER in May 2014, and the aircraft received type certification from the FAA five months later. Qatar will take delivery of its G650ER in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Source: Gulfstream Aerospace
Featured image: The Gulfstream G650ER has a very long range (Image © Gulfstream Aerospace)