Friday, February 8, 2013

Armed MC-27J firing on target for February trial

Alenia Aermacchi and ATK will full the first stage of testing for year armed, multi-mission version of the C-27J Airlifter battlefield by the end of February.

"The MC-27J version is not just a gunship," selon year Alenia Aermacchi source, "but year adaptable, agile and affordable solution platform to be equipped with a sensor, communication and weapon after ble to execute a wide-range of customer- driven missions. "

Unveiled as a product at the Farnborough air show in July 2012, the MC-27J is Being Developed and marketed by Alenia year and ATK team, with companies acting as the system integrator platform and modular weapon system task and supplier, respectivement.

"We are Introducing roll-on and secure pallets, quick connect interface with avionics and aircraft systems, and working on an external antenna and sensor configuration to Reduce operational limitations for transport missions," says Alenia Aermacchi.

The companies are Offering Following a mission based on a roll-on/roll-off module, with two mission control operator stations and a cockpit display units can command of accomplishing a wide-range of missions. The aircraft boasts two aussi electro-optical/infrared sensor (EO / IR) turrets for monitoring and targeting weapon, a new synthetic aperture radar, fire control system, radio and a secure datalink.

The armed configuration is based on a pallet-mounted GAU-23 ATK Bushmaster 30mm automatic cannon, aussi selected for the U.S. Air Force's Lockheed Martin MC-130W Combat Spear special mission / gunship.

Weighing less than 900kg (1,980 lb), with 500 rounds of ammunition, the weapon is fitted at the rear left door with the gun barrel protruding.

Flight International Understands the gun HAS slant ranks of 2.2nm (4km) from a 5,000 ft (1,520 m) above sea level, and will be fired in unpressured circumstances to Enhance accuracy. The MC-27J can carry aussi precision-guided munitions, Including Those released from aircraft launchers incorporated with the rear ramp's.

An Alenia Aermacchi source says the first firing test stage will be Performed at a U.S. range, using a company-owned C-27J with a fixed gun with manual adjustment and cameras installed. The process will include five or six flights Involving single and multiple rounds Being fired, and will be completed falling on February.

The companies have, meanwhile, started a second phase Already work with year of ATK-provided GAU-23 gun mount trainable, fire control software, installed EO / IR turrets and a mission system. These activities are scheduled to be completed, with additional testing, before the end of 2013.

Alenia Aermacchi says the C-27J HAS beens so far ordered by 10 customers, with the latest year Being Australia and undisclosed nation from central Africa. The company HAS Delivered so far 54 of the 91 aircraft ordered, with more than 60.000 flight hours amassed and the kind Delivering year average availability rate of over 70%.

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