Special-mission Gulfstream G550
The Israeli Air Force has taken delivery of a special-mission Gulfstream G550 that will serve as the platform for the military service's "Oron" intelligence surveillance reconnaissance platform. (Photo: Gulfstream Aerospace)

Gulfstream Delivers Special-missions G550 'Oron' to Israel

Its air force will use the jet for surveillance operations.

Gulfstream Aerospace has delivered a special-missions G550 to the Israeli Air Force for surveillance operations. Dubbed “Oron,” the aircraft is slated to be operational in 2023, following the installation of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) equipment.

“Israel has been a Gulfstream special-missions customer for many years,” said Mark Burns, the airframer's president, who added that modified Gulfstreams “can fly the demanding missions governments and militaries conduct around the world.”

Gulfstream engineers designed the necessary changes to the aircraft's exterior and flight deck, while its production team built the surveillance platform in the dedicated special-missions modification facilities at the company’s Savannah, Georgia headquarters.

The business jet manufacturer has been producing special-missions aircraft for over 50 years, with more than 200 aircraft delivered to governments and militaries in approximately 40 countries. Capabilities include airborne security operations, advanced medevac, airborne research, and transport missions. Gulfstream also offers tailored contractor logistics support for special-missions customers.