Australian Minister for Defence, Christopher Pyne MP has announced the acquisition of four modified Gulfstream G550 aircraft.
The aircraft will be designated the MC-55A ‘Peregrine’ – for the Royal Australian Air Force.
A US DSCA sale notification said Australia had “requested the possible sale of up to five Gulfstream G550 aircraft modified to integrate Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Electronic Warfare (AISREW) mission systems.”
Most of the work at this point is being conducted by L3 Technologies at their Greeneville, Texas plant in the US.
Minister Pyne said the $2.46 billion acquisition would enable Australia to actively strengthen electronic warfare support to naval, air and land forces for operations in complex electromagnetic environments.
“The Peregrine is a new airborne electronic warfare capability that will be integrated into Defence’s joint warfighting networks, providing a critical link between platforms, including the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter, E-7A Wedgetail, EA-18G Growler, Navy’s surface combatants and amphibious assault ships and ground assets to support the warfighter,” Minister Pyne said.
“The aircraft will be based at RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia – yet another piece in a broader Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance precinct being developed at the Super Base, which is already home to our Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. RAAF Base Edinburgh will also serve as the headquarters for our unmanned Tritons and armed unmanned Reaper variant.”
“This capability and the people who operate it will bring Air Force a step closer to becoming a fully networked fifth-generation force and further exploit the joint combat multiplier effects on exercises and operations,” Minister Pyne said.