Currently, the Air Force has two Gulfstream G550 CAEW (Coformal Airborne Early Warning) detection and early warning aircraft, which were delivered in 2016 and 2018. Italy received these aircraft (along with satellite technology) in exchange for the sale to Israel of 30 Aermacchi M-346 trainers.
The two G550s will soon be joined by two other aircraft, with the same - more or less - electronic equipment.
In fact, the DSCA (Defense Security Cooperation Agency), the American federal agency responsible for the sale of armaments abroad, has recommended that Congress authorize the sale to Italy of two G550s in AISREW configuration (Airborne Intelligence Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare), for a total value of approximately 400 million euros.
The two aircraft will be equipped, in particular, with an MX20HD optronic sphere, secure communication systems, a missile alarm device, a sensor intended to collect signals of electromagnetic origin (ROEM), equipped with L3 Harris and an active radar antenna. (AESA) Osprey 50, developed by Leonardo.
“The sale of the two G550s complements the Air Force's efforts to modernize its airborne intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and electronic warfare capabilities and increases interoperability between the United States Air Force and the Air Force. Italy will have no difficulty integrating these aircraft into its armed forces ", says a statement from the DSCA.
According to the budget documents recently cited by Defense News, this order - which has yet to be confirmed - would be part of a larger order, which should eventually equip the Air Force with eight Gulfstream G550 AISREWs, for an estimated investment of 1,23 billion euros.
The next two G550s will also be taken over by the 14th wing of Pratica di Mare.