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Finmeccanica and ATK showcases its MC-27J Praetorian Gunship at Dubai AirShow 2013

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World Air Force News - Dubai Air Show 2013
 
 
Finmeccanica and ATK showcases its MC-27J Praetorian Gunship at Dubai AirShow 2013
 

In particular, Alenia Aermacchi displays at the Dubai Airshow 2013 the multi mission MC-27J aircraft (static area), developed in partnership with ATK. For the MC-27J Alenia Aermacchi and ATK have adopted a modular approach maximizing the use of mission-pallet kits (Roll-On/Roll-Off equipment), for both systems and armaments.

     
In particular, Alenia Aermacchi displays at the Dubai Airshow 2013 the multi mission MC-27J aircraft (static area), developed in partnership with ATK. For the MC-27J Alenia Aermacchi and ATK have adopted a modular approach maximizing the use of mission-pallet kits (Roll-On/Roll-Off equipment), for both systems and armaments.
Alenia Aermacchi at Dubai Airshow 2013 (photo credit: Air Recognition)
     

The MC-27J is an adaptable, agile, and affordable solution for the various airborne multi-mission requirements of the air forces and special forces. The MC-27J is not just a gunship, but a battlefield tested platform equipped with proven sensors/communications/weapons suite able to execute a wide range of customer-driven missions.

ATK and Alenia Aermacchi entered into a partnership to develop the MC-27J, a multi-mission aircraft based on the C-27J tactical transport, with a Roll On/Roll Off weapons system.

ATK’s palletized weapons system is designed for easy embarkation and disembarkation via the aircraft’s rear ramp; permitting flexibility in the use of the unaltered aircraft. The primary configuration requires minimal impact to the aircraft to significantly reduce acquisition costs and deployment times, while retaining the C-27J’s robust airlift capabilities. While there are other multi-mission aircraft in the market that can do cargo, medevac, VIP transport, etc. this is the only solution offers those missions with a full ISR and gunship roll-on/roll-off capability.

The MC-27J is an adaptable and affordable solution to the various airborne multi-mission requirements fulfilled today by a wide variety of specialized and dedicated aircraft. It offers payload, persistence and out of area capabilities coupled with commonality of equipment and systems with larger multi-mission platforms but at much lower operational costs and with the operational flexibility of being able to operate form shorter runways also in hot and high conditions.

The MC-27J is not just a gunship, but a battlefield tested platform equipped with proven mission system and weapons suites able to execute a wide range of customer-driven missions. The MC-27J sensors/communications/weapons suite is a combination of proven commercial and military off-the-shelf subsystems that provide a modular and reconfigurable capability with minimal aircraft integration. It provides Special Forces a platform with quick transfer speed; long operational range and ample cargo capacity, and is capable of taking off from and landing on short and/or unprepared strips while acting as an autonomous command and control center integrated with the ground command network. The MC-27J will also provide Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) capability as well as the ability to deploy paratroopers. Furthermore, the MC-27J’s target designation and on-board weapons systems provide outstanding support for ground operations.

 
At the Dubai Airshow 2013, MBDA puts special focus on the most effective solution available for protecting assets in the littoral, from swarming fast attack craft, a beyond visual range air-to-air weapon that far exceeds the capabilities (Meteor) of any other missile in its category as well as a range of anti-ship missiles (Exocet) and the latest developments in naval and ground based air defence systems.