Large-cabin, Long-endurance Platform To Be Used for Special Missions

SAVANNAH, Ga., June 14, 2005 - Gulfstream Aerospace, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) has delivered a large-cabin, long-endurance Gulfstream V (GV) Special Electronic Mission Aircraft (SEMA) to the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD). The GV aircraft will replace the Israeli Air Force’s three aging Boeing 707 aircraft.

The SEMA aircraft was delivered to IMOD at Gulfstream’s headquarters in Savannah , Ga. , on May 23. It was then flown to Tel Aviv, Israel , where it is being outfitted with state-of-the-art electronic equipment. Another SEMA aircraft is expected to be delivered next year.

"Gulfstream aircraft are the perfect platforms for this type of mission," said Pres Henne, senior vice president, programs, engineering and test, Gulfstream. "Because today’s onboard electronic components are significantly smaller and lighter than those used onboard the 707s, it made sense to choose a smaller, higher-performance aircraft like a Gulfstream. It offers unmatched range, high-altitude performance and has a demonstrated very high in-service reliability. Gulfstreams are smaller, have higher aerodynamic efficiency and lower fuel consumption characteristics and therefore, are vastly more economical to operate. The GV SEMA is a quantum leap from any other special mission aircraft out there."

Gulfstream was awarded the SEMA contract in November 2001. One of five companies chosen by IMOD to develop the aircraft, Gulfstream is responsible for building the platform. Lockheed Martin was selected to perform necessary aircraft structural modifications to meet the mission requirements; Garrett Aviation in Savannah , Ga. , was chosen to design the aircraft interior. ELTA, a division of Israeli Aircraft Industries (IAI), is the supplier of all onboard electronic equipment. BEDEK Aviation Group, also a division of IAI, is providing maintenance and integrated logistic support.

Built at Gulfstream’s business-jet manufacturing facility in Savannah , Ga. , the SEMA GV underwent various modifications to meet mission requirements. Most significantly, Gulfstream increased the maximum zero fuel weight of the GV to accommodate the additional weight of the structural modifications and onboard electronic equipment. This was accomplished by way of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) supplemental type certificate.

Gulfstream delivered another special mission aircraft in March to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). The Gulfstream aircraft was chosen for its exceptionally high-cruising altitude, range, endurance, payload, reliability and low operating costs, as well as Gulfstream’s industry-leading, award-winning product support programs.

The holder of more than 60 world aviation records, the GV can fly 6,500 nautical miles nonstop and cruise at speeds up to Mach 0.885. To date, the GV fleet has flown some 450,000 flight hours and completed more than 200,000 take-offs and landings. The GV experiences a dispatch reliability rate of 99.8 percent.

More than 160 government and special mission Gulfstream aircraft are in service, in completions or on order with 34 nations in a variety of roles including executive transportation, photo reconnaissance, maritime surveillance, medical evacuation, weather research and astronaut training. The robust construction, versatility and reliability of the GV and the large-cabin, long-range GIV/GIV-SP make them highly desirable for use as special mission aircraft. For example, a GIV-SP is used as a hurricane tracker for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The large cabin and efficient short-field takeoff performance of the GV and the GIV/GIV-SP also make them popular for medical evacuations.


Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation , a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world’s most technologically advanced business-jet aircraft. Gulfstream has produced more than 1,500 aircraft for customers around the world since 1958. To meet the diverse transportation needs of the future, Gulfstream offers a comprehensive fleet of aircraft, comprising the mid-cabin, high-speed Gulfstream G100 ™; the wide-cabin, high-speed Gulfstream G150 ™; the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G200 ™; the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G350 ™; the large-cabin, long-range G450 ™; the large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G500 ™ and the large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G550 ™. Gulfstream also offers aircraft ownership services via Gulfstream Financial Services Division and Gulfstream Pre-Owned Aircraft Sales ®. The company employs more than 7,200 people at seven major locations. We invite you to visit our Web site for more information and photos of Gulfstream aircraft at

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church , Virginia , employs approximately 70,100 people worldwide and had 2004 revenue of $19.2 billion. The company is a market leader in mission-critical information systems and technologies; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and business aviation. More information about the company can be found at
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