U.S. Approves Gulfstream G550 Surveillance, Electronic Warfare Aircraft Sale to Italy

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U.S. Approves Gulfstream G550 Surveillance, Electronic Warfare Aircraft Sale to Italy
Gulfstream G550 Aircraft

The U.S. has agreed to sell two Gulfstream G550 Aircraft with Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Electronic Warfare (AISREW) Mission Systems for $500 million to Italy.

The Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Italy was approved by the U.S. State Department today. According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), Italy's government requested two aircraft and supporting equipment including four Multifunctional Information Distribution Systems – Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS), three GPS security devices and four RIO Communications Intelligence Systems.

Also included are Missile Warning Sensors, AN/ALE-47 Countermeasure Dispenser Sets (CMDS), MX-20HD Electro-Optical and Infra-Red systems, Osprey 50 AESA Radars, AISREW ISR equipment, Secure Communications equipment, Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Systems, aircraft modification and integration, ground systems for data processing and crew training, ground support equipment, publications and technical data, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, flight test and certification, and other related elements of logistical and program support.

The principal contractor will be L3Harris, Greenville, TX.

The proposed sale supports and complements the ongoing efforts of Italy to modernize its airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Electronic Warfare capability and increases interoperability between the U.S. Air Force and the Italian Air Force (ITAF). 

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