U.S. Navy – Provide test and evaluation support as a chase aircraft and airborne radar target.
The C-38 Courier, the Navy’s latest Test and Evaluation Support Aircraft, is a derivative Gulfstream G100 formerly known as the Astra SPX. This twin-engine jet is used as a test and evaluation chase aircraft for P-8A, E-2D, MQ-4C, E-6B and C-130 testing and as an airborne radar target.
Primary Function: Chase aircraft and airborne radar target
Date Deployed: 1997
Propulsion: Two Honeywell TFE-731-40R Turbine engines
Length: 55 feet 7 inches (16.76 meters)
Wingspan: 52 feet 8 inches (15.85 meters)
Height: 18 feet 2 inches (5.54 meters)
Weight: Max. gross, takeoff: 24,645 pounds (11,179 kilograms)
Crew: Pilot, Co-Pilot
Program Status: Sustainment
Inventory: Navy: 2