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Gulfstream G550

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The Gulfstream G550 is a business jet aircraft produced by General Dynamics' Gulfstream Aerospace unit in Savannah, Georgia, US. The certification designation is GV-SP. There were 450 Gulfstream G550s in active service as of January 2016. A version with reduced fuel capacity was marketed as the G500.

Variants[edit]

  • GV-SP: The same as the Gulfstream V or GV with a new flightdeck display system, airframe aerodynamic and engine improvements, main entry door moved forward, also marketed as the G-550.
  • G500: The Gulfstream G500 has a reduced fuel capacity. Introduced in 2004 as a shorter 5,800 nautical miles (10,742 km) range version, it has the same exterior appearance, as well as the PlaneView cockpit, but Visual Guidance System (HUD) and Enhanced Vision System (EVS) are options.
  • G550: Marketing name for the GV-SP.
  • C-37B: U.S. military designation for the G550 in a VIP passenger configuration.
  • EC-37B: U.S. military designation for G550 version in an Electronic Warfare configuration to replace USAF's existing EC-130H Compass Call aircraft.
  • NP-37B: U.S. military designation for proposed G550 with the "Conformal AEW" body shape for use as range telemetry aircraft for U.S. Navy.
  • G550 AEW: Israel has acquired a number of G550s, fitted with the IAI EL/W-2085 sensor package (a newer derivative of the Phalcon system) for Airborne Early Warning (AEW) use and named the aircraft Eitam. This aircraft is heavily modified for the AEW role by Gulfstream's partner, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), and is also called CAEW (Conformal Airborne Early Warning) by Gulfstream Special Missions Department. Israel has also acquired a number of G550s dubbed SEMA (Special Electronic Missions Aircraft) with systems integration also carried out by IAI. Italy has acquired two G550 CAEW as part of a counter-deal to Israel's $1 billion order for thirty Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master advanced jet trainers. Singapore ordered four similar G550 CAEW aircraft equipped with the EL/W-2085 sensor package from Gulfstream and IAI.
  • Air-to-air refueling variant: Israel Aerospace Industries has studied adapting the G550 for air-to-air refueling use.

Users[edit]

  • Australia
    • Royal Australian Air Force
  • Germany
    • German Aerospace Center
  • Israel
    • Israeli Air Force
  • Italy
    • Aeronautica Militare
  • Kuwait
    • State of Kuwait
  • Poland
    • Polish Air Force
  • Singapore
    • Republic of Singapore Air Force
  • Sweden
    • Swedish Air Force
  • Tanzania
    • Tanzania Government Flight Agency
  • Turkey
    • Turkish Air Force
  • Uganda
    • Government of Uganda
  • United States
    • United States Air Force
    • United States Army
    • United States Navy

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