Airborne Security Operations

Special Electronics and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance

As airborne special electronics technology becomes more advanced, Gulfstream aircraft offer an optimal, highly adaptable platform.


  • Ultralong range: A range of up to 7,500 nautical miles/13,890 kilometers means more nonstop flights.
  • High altitude: Cruise capability at 51,000 feet/15,545 meters enables improved mission effectiveness.
  • High endurance: Advanced low-drag conformal installation provides high loitering times and enhanced sensor performance for long-range detection of targets at all altitudes.
  • Reliability: Consistently top of class in operational availability.
  • Low operating costs: Lower fuel burn and maintenance costs mean greater efficiency.

The superior performance is paired with a modified platform, which supports a variety of special missions around the world.

Compass Call

Compass Call provides electronic support to air, surface and special operations forces.

After extensive review, the U.S. Air Force is modernizing its EC-130 fleet with the G550 Conformal Airborne Early Warning aircraft.

The high altitude, long range and speed of the G550 special mission aircraft, coupled with its exceptional versatility, is deemed ideally suited to meet stringent performance requirements while also providing cost-effectiveness.


Israel, Singapore and Italy have chosen the Gulfstream G550 for their Conformal Airborne Early Warning command and control operations.

The primary objective of the special missions CAEW G550 is to gather intelligence, provide tactical surveillance of airborne and surface targets and provide rapid target acquisition with full 360-degree coverage.


U.S. Navy officials selected the G550 as the platform for its Telemetry Range Support Aircraft, citing the G550’s unique, proven performance.

TRSA aircraft perform airborne data retrieval, flying near another data system to collect information through the telemetry antennae. The aircraft also provide over-the-horizon communications and are capable of terminating an errant airborne missile.


The G550 has been identified as an ideal choice as a Special Electronic Mission Aircraft because of its high-altitude, high-speed performance and its long duration on missions.

During one operation, a single Gulfstream SEMA aircraft flew 460 flight hours in 30 days, including two 10-hour combat missions per day for two weeks with no canceled missions.

SEMA aircraft develop a real-time Electronic Order of Battle picture and provide tactical and strategic intelligence. Additionally, the forward portion of the aircraft interior is specifically designed to convert quickly into a command and control center.

Maritime Surveillance Aircraft

Gulfstream Maritime Surveillance Aircraft are capable of ocean surveillance from near sea level to 51,000 feet and are specially equipped to drop a variety of search and rescue equipment to those in peril at sea.

Each surveillance aircraft has a 19-passenger, high-density interior and a belly radome that houses surveillance radar and a thermal-imaging system.

Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance

Gulfstream aircraft are capable of providing longer time on station from higher, safer altitudes to provide real-time electronic information to military units in the air, on the ground or at sea.