E550, similar to G550 CAEW in service with IAF, but with national radio and data link suite, are in service with air force in 5 aircraft and replaced the old E-2C for airborne early warning mission. The 550 are most capable asset and service in C2, airborne early warning for air space defense, maritime reconnaissance, and more generally air-land power integration, in combined operation with army and navy.
R550 JAMMS, Joint Airborne Multisensor Multimission System, are the most strategical asset of air force. Development by Leonardo, with Elettronica SpA as principal sub-contractor, the aircraft have a multiple suite of sensor for long range, long endurance, reconnaissance mission. The principal Elt SIGINT suite have a new generation antenna for strategical ELINT and COMINT mission, with most advance computer for data processor; for multi spectral passive reco there are two system, the first is the Wescam MX20HD, the second and the most powerful is the UTC Aerospace MS177, for passive, long range reconnaissance and detection; the aircraft also have a Leonardo Seaspray AESA radar for land and maritime reconnaissance with ISAR, SAR and GMT mode for a complete multi mode mission suite.
There are a complete radio mission suite, with HF and V/UHF, wideband Ka/Ku satcom, Link 11 and 16, Vortex multi-use transceivers, to be able to communicate with any type of platform or soldier.
The aircraft have six reconfigurable missione console, and the principal mission is the strategical reconnaissance, also serve as ground surveillance aircraft, battle managment and C3 asset.
4 ordered aircraft, two delivered and two under construction.