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IAF to Acquire New Nahshon Aircraft

29/5/2013 IsraelDefense

 

The planes will be used for intelligence collection and air control missions

 

The Israeli Air Force intends to acquire two new Nahshon aircraft. The aircraft are operated by IAF Squadron 122 at Nevatim airbase, which operated the Dakota aircraft in the past before being taken out of service.

 

The Nahshon squadron is based on Gulfstream 550 aircraft, originally produced as jet aircraft by General Dynamics in the US. the IAF utilizes two configurations of the aircraft for different missions: the Shavit configuration is used for SIGINT collection missions and the Eitam configuration is used for air control.

 

The IAF intends to strengthen both layouts and acquire one new aircraft for each of the configurations. The collection and control systems onboard the aircraft are mostly produced by the Israeli defense industries.

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