Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on February 9 that it has developed a new maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) based on a modified Bombardier Global 5000 business jet platform. Whilst unveiling the proposed new-generation ELI-3360 MPA, the company said that it has been designed by IAI’s Elta Systems group to provide maritime domain situational awareness and maritime superiority.
IAI says that the new MPA provides the most sophisticated surveillance, reconnaissance and armament systems to be installed on a business-jet to date. The system incorporates the advanced ELTA ELM-2022 maritime patrol radar, an electro-optical sensor and the ELL-8385 ESM/ELINT system, plus a comprehensive communications suite comprising radios, broadband SATCOM and data-links as well as an advanced electronic warfare (EW) and self-protection suite.
The integrated multi-mission command and control suite includes multi-purpose operator workstations and a weapon and stores management system which controls the under-wing weapons. The latter can include torpedoes and anti-ship missiles for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) as well as deployable search and rescue stores. The company says that it is already in negotiation with a number of potential customers for the aircraft.
The new generation ELI-3360 joins IAI’s existing series of special mission aircraft (SMA) and is based on IAI’s 30 years of experience in supplying advanced maritime domain sensors and integrated systems to leading customers worldwide. IAI’s line of business-jet SMAs includes the operationally proven Gulfstream G550 Conformal Airborne Early Warning (CAEW) variant and the G-V Signal Intelligence Aircraft (SEMA). Alan Warnes