The Royal Jordanian Air Force will get its two CASA (Airbus) CN235 Light Gunships in Spring 2014, a spokesperson of the US ATK Defence Group told the international press at the FIDAE 2014 fair in Chile last weekend.
Produced in Sevilla, Spain, the CN235s were sent to ATK on order of the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) in Jordan. The flight test program, commenced in November 2013, is soon to be concluded, upon which delivery will take place.
In collaboration with KADDB, ATK developed and provided the system integration and aircraft modifications to turn the cargo plane into a gunship. These modifications include installation of an electro-optical targeting systems, a laser designator, aircraft self-protection equipment, a synthetic aperture radar and weaponry. The latter comprises of the use of Hellfire lase-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 items of interest.