Alenia Aermacchi and ATK have successfully completed the first phase of ground and flight testing of the fully configured multi-mission MC-27J Combat Spartan, Alenia Aermacchi reported on Wednesday 16 July. The series of tests exceeded test objectives and reportedly demonstrated accuracy of ATK’s side-mounted GAU-23 30mm cannon. The MC-27J is presently on show at the Farnborough airshow.
An Italian Air Force MC-27J aircraft was modified with an L-3 Wescam MX-15Di Electro-Optical and Infrared Turret mounted under the nose of the aircraft to support multi-mission applications such as a Gunship, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Search and Rescue (SAR) missions; various radio and data links and ATK’s Roll-On/Roll-Off (RORO) palletized gun and mission control systems.
ATK and Alenia Aermacchi believe that: “The completion of successful testing with the Italian Air Force further validates the capabilities of the RORO gun and mission systems and demonstrates that the program is ready for fielding. This testing builds on previous gun accuracy flight tests done with the MC-27J at Eglin AFB in 2013 and will provide the aircraft with a vital capability and a greater mission flexibility at an affordable cost.”
The MC-27J is an advanced multi-mission system jointly developed by ATK and Alenia Aermacchi, based on the twin-engine turboprop C-27J. The internally funded test and development program successfully completed its first phase in the spring of 2013.
Source: Alenia Aermacchi