The U.S Navy has publicly announced, that it took delivery of its first NC-37B missile range support aircraft, earlier in 2018.
It is now headed to Raytheon, which will integrate a host of specialized mission equipment into the plane, so it can keep misSile-ranges clear of hazards during tests, gather important telemetry data from those launches, and serve as a communications relay platform.
The Naval Air Systems Command, officially received the NC-37B, a modified Gulfstream G550 business jet, on July 30, 2018.
At its core, the NC-37B uses Gulfstream’s G550 Airborne Early Warning, airframe configuration, also known as the Conformal Airborne Early Warning variant, which features an enlarged nose, new fairings on the fuselage sides, and a modified tail, among other features.
The Navy’s NC-37B’s role will, in part, also involve air and maritime surveillance. The plane to reach initial operational capability by 2021.
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