April 26, 2007: Singapore has decided to replace its four U.S. E2C Hawkeye Airborne Early Warning aircraft by 2010. It will begin replacing their aircraft with Gulfstream 550 aircraft equipped with the Israeli Phalcon radar system. Last year, Israel put its first new-generation AWACS (Airborne Early Warning Aircraft) into service, one that used a long range business jet (the 40 ton Gulfstream G500) and Israeli made radar and electronics. These systems go for about $375 million each.
The Israeli AWACS uses a Phalcon conformal (it is built into the lower fuselage) phased array radar, SIGINT equipment (to capture and analyze enemy electronic transmissions) and a communications system that can handle satellite signals as well as a wide array of other transmissions. There are six personnel on board to handle all this gear, plus the flight crew.
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