The Air Force received the new Oron spy plane, considered to be the most advanced plane of its kind in the world, on Sunday.
The new plane will be part of the Air Force’s 122nd Squadron, also known as the Nachshon Squadron.
The plane - a modified Gulfstream G550 bizjet - is equipped with artificial intelligence technology and is notable for its excellent flight capabilities and low maintenance costs. The plane will be equipped with advanced radar made by Israel Aerospace Industries, as well as with other advanced intelligence-gathering systems, providing new capabilities in terms of coverage in all types of weather and in any level of visibility. The plane is designed to give the Air Force a comprehensive picture of an area in real time, including the mapping of enemy ground forces.
The development of the plane took eight years, with the participation of the joint Defense Ministry and Israel Defense Forces research and development body, the Air Force, Military Intelligence, the navy and Israel Aerospace Industries. The Oron is meant to allow combined arms divisions to operate more effectively by getting a real-time reading of a situation made available simultaneously to different branches of the military. This is consistent with a change in strategy currently being undertaken by the military, consisting of an increase in coordination between different branches of the military on the battlefield.
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Air Force commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin defined the acquisition of the new plane as a “move reflecting a vision that embraces advanced intelligence-gathering capabilities that are compatible with today’s battlefield, allowing for operations in a wide range of theaters.”