Airbus C295 311.
(photo credit: Airbus Military)
Israel Aerospace Industries and the Madrid-based Airbus Military signed a joint
venture agreement on Tuesday for the development of small and versatile Airborne
Early Warning and Control Systems (AEW&C).
Sources said that the deal
was expected to bring in several hundred million dollars in revenue to IAI over
the next five years.
IAI already offers customers AEW&Cs on
Gulfstream G550 business jets that are in service in the Israel Air Force. The
new system will be offered aboard Airbus’s C295 tactical transport aircraft
optimized to takeoff and land on short runways.
The C295, sources said,
was cheaper than the Gulfstream jet and also slightly smaller.
Hadas, president of IAI subsidiary Elta Systems, signed the memorandum of
understanding with Airbus Military CEO Domingo Ureña on Tuesday at the Paris Air
The C295 AEW&C is designed to provide high quality 360°
surveillance and to create real-time integrated air and maritime situational
A C295 fitted with a dome for the radar is currently
conducting flight trials at an Airbus Military facility in Spain. Sources said
initial tests have shown that the aircraft is aerodynamically suitable to serve
as an AEW&C.
“Airbus Military and IAI/ELTA’s superior capabilities in
special mission aircraft, advanced sensors and system integration enable us to
provide an effective and proven solution for these growing needs,” Hadas
Two systems that received a great deal of attention at the Israeli
pavilion – one of the largest at the Paris Air Show – were the Iron Dome
counter-rocket defense system and Trophy, the anti-tank missile defense system,
both developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.
Opening the pavilion
on Monday, Defense Minister Ehud Barak praised Israel’s technological
achievement in developing the Iron Dome and promised to complete the production
of enough of the systems to protect the northern and southern borders by 2013.