JERUSALEM, April 4 (Xinhua) -- Israel's air force received on Sunday a new intelligence aircraft that will provide the military with "unprecedented" reconnaissance capabilities, the Defense Ministry said.
The so-called "Oron" airplane landed on Sunday in the Nevatim airbase in southern Israel after more than nine years of developments by the Defense Ministry, the Israeli Air Force, the Intelligence Directorate, the Israeli Navy, and the Israel Aerospace Industries, according to a statement issued by the Defense Ministry.
The "Oron" is based on the Gulfstream G550, a business jet manufactured by the U.S.-based General Dynamics company. The "Oron" is equipped with an advanced radar system and data processing algorithms based on advanced data science and artificial intelligence capabilities.
These systems would enable the military to generate "an unprecedented depth and scope of intelligence in real-time, in any weather or visibility conditions, during routine operations and conflict," the statement read.
Air Force Commander Amikam Norkin said in the statement that the aircraft will enable the air force "to further enhance its operational and intelligence superiority in the face of emerging threats and security challenges."
According to Gen. Yaniv Rotem, head of the military research and development unit in the Defense Ministry, Onboard radar and other systems would stream real-time data to the intelligence units.
Additionally, artificial intelligence technology would enable automated and efficient data processing. It "will produce actionable intelligence in real-time, enhancing the effectiveness of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) operational activities," he said.