The program officially launched in September 1993. Yakovlev handled design and manufacturing of the forward fuselage and empennage. However, the Russian company had trouble meeting agreed production schedules, and the partnership was ended in 1995. This led to another risk-sharing agreement, with EADS Sogerma manufacturing the fuselage and empennage, and IAI being responsible for final assembly and other prime contractor duties.
The Gulfstream 200 was one of the first private jets in the Gulfstream series, jets that would become top competitors in the super-midsize category. The newly-formed Galaxy Aerospace Corp, a division of Israel Aviation Industries (IAI), became a major contender in the private jet category with the Gulfstream 200; this jet continues to compete today with the more recent G450 and G550. The Gulfstream 200 has everything that could be desired in a private jet: great range, cabin size, and speed. It’s the ideal jet for completing long-range missions rapidly and comfortably.
The heavy load of the wings makes the Gulfstream 200 fly evenly in all conditions. A long-travel trailing link landing gear smooths out taxiing and landings. Hydraulically-powered carbon anti-skid brakes and a 100º pivot radius of the nosewheel provide for excellent ground handling.
The required runway distance for takeoff at sea level is 6,083 feet with standard loading, or 6,342 feet when loaded to its maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of 35,450 pounds. At an altitude of 5,000 feet and a temperature of 77ºF, the takeoff distance increases to 9,800 feet.
Capacity: Typical Seating of 8-10, 18 Max
Payload: 4,050 lb (1,840 kg)
Length: 62 ft 3 in (18.97 m)
Wingspan: 58 ft 1 in (17.70 m)
Height: 21 ft 5 in (6.53 m)
Wing area: 369 ft² (34.3 m²)
Empty weight: 19,200 lb (8,709 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 35,450 lb (16,080 kg)
Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306A turbofans, 6,040 lbf (26.9 kN) each
Maximum speed: Mach 0.85 (487 knots, 560 mph, 900 km/h) at altitude
Cruise speed: Mach 0.80 (459 knots, 528 mph, 850 km/h) normal cruise at altitude
Range: 3,400 nmi (3,910 mi, 6,300 km) at Mach 0.75 with 4 passengers
Service ceiling:45,000 ft (13,700 m)
Varies from US $5,500,000 to US $8,500,000