Sunday, January 4, 2009

CV-22 to get all-quadrant weapon

Special Operations Command is on track to install all-quadrant 7.62mm Gatling guns underneath seven Air Force Special Operations Command CV-22 Ospreys in 2009. The 413th Flight Test Squadron is testing the turret-mounted gun at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. It's passed a series of tests including firing from a hover, said Dave Adamiak, a BAE Systems official. Critics had complained that the craft had no all-quadrant weapons, but in 2007 a contract was awarded to BAE Systems to deliver seven Remote Guardian Systems and install them onto CV-22 Ospreys for AFSOC deployments. (Source: Air Force Times, 01/04/08)