Jordan is not the only nation in Southwest Asia operating the CN235, here a pair of Turkish Air Force CN235s (Image © Airbus Military)

Jordan gunships airborne

Jordan is not the only nation in Southwest Asia operating the CN235, here a pair of Turkish Air Force CN235s (Image © Airbus Military)
Jordan is not the only nation in Southwest Asia operating the CN235, here a Turkish pair (Image © Airbus Military)

USA based ATK has completed its first test flight of two Royal Jordanian Air Force CASA / EADS / Airbus CN235 light gunship aircraft on 4 November 2013, the company announced.

ATK was awarded a contract by King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) of Jordan to modify two of the country’s current CN235 transport aircraft into special mission planes. With modifications and ground testing complete, ATK began the flight test program to validate the installed weapons and gun system.

The modifications include installation of an electro-optical targeting systems, a laser designator, aircraft self-protection equipment, a synthetic aperture radar, and an armaments capability that can provide sustained and precise firepower in a variety of scenarios using Hellfire laser-guided missiles, 2.75-inch rockets, and a side-mounted M230 link-fed 30mm chain gun. The gun is automatically aligned to the target, cued by a camera in conjunction with the mission management and fire control solution. These capabilities are integrated with and controlled by ATK’s Mission System, which provides both day and night reconnaissance and fire control capabilities, and the ability to acquire, monitor and track potential targets.

ATK is specialised in rebuilding aircraft into surveillance or combat assets and has done so as well on the C-27J, the C-130, the Bombardier Dash-8, the Beechcraft King Air and the Cessna Caravan.

Source: ATK

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