Raytheon is set to initiate the second phase of the Gulfstream G550 aircraft’s modification program for the U.S. Navy.
The Naval Air Systems Command said Thursday the defense company will develop systems that will allow the jet to perform various roles such as collecting telemetry data, ensuring range safety and transmitting surveillance and communications data.
The G550 is being modified to include a telemetry system and additional equipment designed to support the Navy’s future operations.
The aircraft will also replace the service’s P-3 Orion range support plane, which is operated out of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in Point Mugu, Calif.
The Gulfstream Aerospace aircraft will possibly be delivered for initial operating capability in August 2021.