Earlier this afternoon, two Israeli Air Force Gulfstream Aerospace G-V Gulfstream V Shavit aircraft, serials ‘684’ and ‘676’ visited LMML to conduct two touch and go’s and two missed approaches respectively.
The Gulfstream V ‘Nachshon Shavit’ is used as an airborne Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) platform. It type was ordered in November 2001. and delivered by Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. to Israel in June 2005, February 2006 and August 2006 for fit-out by Israel Aerospace industries (IAI) with an Airborne Integrated SIGINT System. Active with the Israeli Air Force during the July/August 2006 Lebanon War, the first delivered aircraft went into action only a very short time after reaching its initial operational capability. When on a mission the Nachshon Shavit searches, intercepts, locates, analyses, classifies and monitors transmissions that originate from air-, land- and sea-based transmitters. The aircraft are based at Nevatim as part of the 122 ‘The Nachshon’ Squadron.