Gulfstream G650 Military Wants To Replace USAF Old Fleet

United States Air Force has several ageing fleet from air to ground surveillance and targeting aircraft.

Northrop Grumman E-8C JSTARS, the aircraft that shared platform from Boeing 707 Series. The E-8C JSTARS have been operating in late 1980s.

Gulfstream Military CAEW
Gulfstream Military CAEW, Conformal Airborne Early Warning

Gulfstream offers Gulfstream G650 for the replacement aircraft. Larry Flynn, Chief Executive confirms that Gulfstream G650 have met the requirements for the replacement fleet.

USAF said that the replacement aircraft must provide and accommodate 10-13 air crew, beneath of fuselage could fit belly radar around 4-6 meters long. Currently, Northrop Grumman E-8C JSTARS could fit 7.3 meters long of APY radar and up to 18 air crew on board.

The investment for the replacement aircraft will save worth to US$ 10.5 billion in terms of upgrading the Northrop Grumman E-8C JSTARS.

Gulfstream G650 will compete with Boeing 737 next-generation to win this project. Boeing has the P-8A for the surveillance aircraft, Boeing seems to be more experienced in this area. But the chances for Gulfstream are not closed yet. Gulfstream has more advantages than Boeing 737 next-generation series in larger loads.

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