IAI inks deal for special mission aircraft with European customer

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has signed a US$350m special mission aircraft-related contract with an unnamed major European nation.

The company states that the contracting work will be carried out by ELTA Systems – a subsidiary of IAI – but did not identify the customer, aircraft type, mission capabilities or a timeline for the system’s delivery.

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An Israeli Air Force Gulfstream G550 Nachshon Eitam - serial 537 (c/n 5037) - assigned to 122 Squadron, comes in for landing. IAI did not disclose which of its special mission aircraft it had signed a contract for with this unknown European customer.

Gideon Landa, vice president and general manager of ELTA’s Airborne Systems & Radars Division, said: “As part of IAI’s strategy, we are bolstering our presence in Europe for leveraging our business and extending co-operation. IAI’s special mission aircraft offer advanced and unique technological capabilities to meet a broad range of [the] most demanding intelligence missions. Europe represents a strategic business region for IAI, and we will continue to broaden our products and services to bring our products and services to bring our unique technologies to the benefit of our customer’s evolving operational requirements.”

There are four separate capability sets offered by IAI/ELTA’s special mission aircraft, covering roles such as airborne early warning and control (AEW&C), air-to-ground surveillance (AGS), maritime patrol and signals intelligence (SIGINT).