The Gulfstream 550-based Conformal Airborne Early Warning aircraft has earned a reputation as a potent yet affordable performer. Combat Aircraft assesses this somewhat clandestine program.

ISRAEL’S SECURITY AND air defense needs mean it has maintained a robust airborne early warning (AEW) capability that dates back to 1977 when it acquired four Grumman E-2C Group 0 Hawkeyes from the US. Israeli Hawkeyes achieved an outstanding reputation in service, being hailed as a key enabler during the Bekaa Valley campaign of 1982.

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