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Italy will buy two Gulfstream G550 Aircraft with Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance & Electronic Warfare (AISREW) Mission Systems and related equipment for an estimated cost of US$500M. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency has delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

The Italian Government requested articles and services to support the integration of two AISREW mission systems onto two Italian Ministry of Defense provided G550 aircraft consisting of:

  • four Multifunctional Information Distribution Systems
  • Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS)
  • Three Embedded/GPS/INS (EGI) with GPS security devices, besides other related equipment.

The proposed sale supports and complements the ongoing efforts of Italy to modernise its AISREW capability and increases interoperability between the US and Italian Air Forces.

In October, Italy approved a US$1.4Bn three-year defence spending plan, as well as a host of unfunded future priorities that included the acquisition of two Gulfstream G550 aeroplanes and the development of its own similar aircraft. A dossier submitted in the Italian parliament recently mentioned the requirement of JAMMS, which is meant to fulfil the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (C4ISTAR) and Airborne Early Warning, Battlefield Management & Communication requirements.

According to Gulfstream, due to its flexibility, capability and signature dispatch reliability, the G550 can be used for a wide range of missions. It leads the way in business, government and military special missions, including aeromedical evacuation, airborne early warning, ground surveillance, head-of-state transport and maritime patrol.

J C Menon