The Strangest Airplanes To Have Ever Been Built

EL/M-2075 Phalcon

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The EL/M-2075 Phalcon is the technology within this aircraft’s special nose. The Israeli Aircraft Industries (IAL) and Elta Electronics Industries developed this nose, an early warning command and control radar system. Its purpose is the collection of information and surveillance for air superiority. The Phalcon system primarily attached to a Boeing 707 airframe.

The Phalcon’s radar system provides early airborne warnings of enemy aircraft, ships, and vehicles. Its system operates with 360 degree coverage and can track targets hundreds of kilometres away.

In 1993, The Phalcon went public. In 1994, Chile purchased a Phalcon system and called its plane the Condor. The United States thwarted China’s attempt at buying this system through political pressure in 2000.

In 2004, India bought three Phalcon radars for a total of $1.1 billion.