Swedish Air Force Gulfstream S102B Korpen msn 1216 / 102003 has made a rare visit to London, arriving at Luton on Tuesday morning for some work with Gulfstream, who have a service center at the airport.
Swedish Air Force S102B 023 arriving at a dull and grey Luton
Originally ordered in 1992, msn 1216 / 102003 was delivered in 1995 along with its sister-ship msn 1215 / 102002 to replace 2 ageing Sud Aviation Caravelle based Tp 85s that the Swedish Air Force operated in a similar role,
Based on the standard Gulfstream IVSP frame, the Swedish Air Force operate the 2 aircraft fitted out in Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) roles for the National Defence Radio Establishment from a base in Linköping.
The 2 heavily modified Gulfstream’s are easily distinguished from the other Gulfstream’s operated by the Swedish Air Force due to the various fairings and antennas sticking out from the fuselage and wings which house the Northrop Grumman Wideband Tactical Surveillance System (WTSS) that is used on the aircraft.
However the aircraft didn’t stay around long, departing the next morning back to Linköping.
As well as the 2 Gulfstream S102Bs used in the SIGINT role, the Swedish Airforce also operate 2 other Gulfstream IVs, code named TP-102Bs, which are both used in VIP roles.