Israel has delivered to the Italian Air Force the first of two aircraft which are equipped with an advanced early warning and air control system, which was hailed as a result of the fruitful collaboration between the two countries.
At a ceremony held at Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Israel and Italy began realization of the agreement signed in 2012 with the delivery of the first of two CAEW aircraft.
The plane is equipped with advanced mission systems including radar, electronic intelligence, self-defense and advanced communications systems at NATO standards.
The CAEW (Conformal Airborne Early Warning & Control Systems) was installed on the G-550 Gulfstream aircraft, developed by ELTA systems, a subsidiary of IAI. The second aircraft is expected to be delivered to the Italian Air Force during 2017.
Ministry of Defense’s Directorate of Defense Research and Development director Brig. Gen. (res) Dr. Daniel Gold said: “The system reflects the deep, fruitful collaboration between the Italian and Israeli ministries of defense. It’s both sides’ understanding of the needs and challenges that stand before the other. In the framework of this agreement, one of the products of which we see here before us, the Italian government signed a reciprocal procurement agreement with the Israeli defense industries at a volume of over $1 billion.”
The ceremony was attended by the Italian ambassador, senior officials from the DDR&D and representatives from the Italian Air Force.