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    Default New Alenia Gunship Could Fire Hellfires, PGMs

    Posted by Tom Kington | July 10th, 2012


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    Alenia Aermacchi and ATK presented their MC-27J gunship at the Farnborough International Airshow on July 10 and said the converted C-27J could be configured to fire Hellfire missiles and release precision-guided munitions.

    Officially described as a multi-mission version of the Italian tactical transport, the MC-27J will host pallet-based systems offering command and control, ISR and communications broadcast missions, as well as a gunship variant.

    The latter version was brought to Farnborough, complete with a Mk44 30mm gun, which fires from the side door. The gun is installed by ATK.

    The gun, also used by the U.S. Air Force on its AC-130, will fire 200 rounds a minute from an altitude of up to 12,000 feet and can be installed in four hours, said Dave Sharpin, vice president for strategy and business development at ATK.

    Making it distinct from the AC-130 and the CN235 converted into a gunship by ATK for Jordan, the gun barrel on the MC-27J can be removed, allowing the door to be closed and the aircraft reconfigured for other uses.

    AleniaAermacchi will also therefore be able to offer the gunship configuration as an upgrade to C-27Js.

    A first phase of flight testing to take place this autumn in the U.S. will see a sighting system set on the cannon and linked to the pilot. A second phase next year will involve an electro-optical/infrared camera as well as an extra pallet with space for two operator consoles.

    At a later stage, Hellfire missiles could be incorporated, as well as precision-guided missiles on a further pallet, which could be released from the rear ramp of the aircraft or from a second aperture on the side of the aircraft, Sharpin said.

    Alenia Aermaccchi has said it aims to sell 50 MC-27Js in the next 20 years. The firm will likely act as prime contractor but ATK may take the role if it already has a close relationship with the customers, officials said.

    The Italian Air Force already has a separate requirement for a C-27J gunship, known as Praetorian.
    http://blogs.defensenews.com/farnbor...ellfires-pgms/
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    NICE!!! Got any video footage?

    This is a Great idea. We've been wondering when they were going to come out with something similar to the AC130, scaled down, but with better maneuverability, smaller profile, and longer loitering capabilities. Basically something that can hold 20 or so 250lb GBU's, carry Mavericks, Hellfires and 40mm BOFORS or similar. This type of aircraft will certainly help fill a needed void we have in Astan.

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    are these airplains going to replace the AC-130?

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    Hellfreeza I found a few articles about replacing the AC 130 but nothing firm. http://usmilitary.about.com/od/afweapons/a/ac130.htm

    Finack I didn't find any videos but here is an interesting read http://www.military-today.com/aircraft/c27j_spartan.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamieooh View Post
    Hellfreeza I found a few articles about replacing the AC 130 but nothing firm. http://usmilitary.about.com/od/afweapons/a/ac130.htm

    Finack I didn't find any videos but here is an interesting read http://www.military-today.com/aircraft/c27j_spartan.htm
    NIce.. Thanks for the link Jamieooh.

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    This is pretty cool.

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    Nice looking weapon
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