Business

July 9, 2012

ATK’s GAU-23 30mm automatic cannon receives type classification for use on Air Force AC-130W gunships

ATK’s modified variant of its Mk44 Bushmaster® Automatic Cannon was recently type classified as the GAU-23 by the U.S. Air Force for integration on AC-130W gunships.

A rapid prototyping effort quickly provided the USAF with cannons for operational use.

ATK’s Mk44 Bushmaster® Automatic Cannon has long been the medium-caliber weapon of choice for the world’s ground combat vehicles and naval weapon stations. This most recent type classification now establishes the cannon as an airborne weapon for gunship platforms.

“Due to its versatility and ease of modification and optimization, the GAU-23 is uniquely positioned as a proven solution for aircraft to perform armed overwatch missions,” said ATK Defense President, Mike Kahn. “Combined with our 30mm PGU-46/B ammunition, the GAU-23 cannon provides unequaled range and accuracy for integration on airborne platforms for any number of allied countries. This is just one example of our affordable and innovative technologies and services that provide enhanced solutions and capabilities to our customers worldwide.”

In June 2011, the U.S. Air Force announced the conversion of 12 of its Special Operations Command MC-130W Combat Spear aircraft to the Dragon Spear configuration. ATK also developed and produces the 30mm PGU-46/B High Explosive Incendiary ammunition used on this gun system.

In February 2012, ATK expanded its aviation weapons solution through the development of a Roll-On/Roll-Off pallet and weapons mount that integrates with the GAU-23 cannon. The resulting weapons package will allow medium lift platforms the ability to install the system in less than four hours without airframe modification.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Air Force photograph by Rick Goodfriend

B61 undergoes testing in AEDC wind tunnel

Air Force photograph by Rick Goodfriend Arnold Engineering Development Complex engineers recently joined researchers with Sandia National Laboratories to perform a wind tunnel test on a full-scale mock-up B61. Pictured with the...
 
 

Ingalls Shipbuilding awarded $23.5 million LHA 8 affordability contract

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division has been awarded an affordability design contract for $23.5 million for early industry involvement to reduce the construction and life-cycle cost for the amphibious assault ship LHA 8. “Ingalls Shipbuilding has been constructing large-deck amphibious ships for nearly 50 years, and this contract will build on our company...
 
 

Lockheed Martin on team to provide ISS mission planning support

As part of an SGT, Inc.-led team, Lockheed Martin will provide mission and flight crew operations support to NASA for the International Space Station and future human space exploration. These support services within the Integrated Mission Operations Contract II are critical to the safe operation of all NASA human spaceflight missions. Under IMOC II, Lockheed...
 

 
boeing-israel

Boeing, Jordache’s MG Aviation finalize order for two 787-9 Dreamliners

Boeing and MG Aviation Limited July 16 finalized an order for two additional 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $499 million at current list prices. The order will support the leasing company’s growing fleet of modern airplanes...
 
 

ASL Aviation Group to procure LM-100J freighters

ASL Aviation Group signed a Letter of Intent with Lockheed Martin to order up to 10 LM-100J commercial freighters during a ceremony in Farnborough, England, July 16. The LM-100J is the civil-certified version of Lockheed Martin’s proven C-130J Super Hercules and is an updated version of the L-100 (or L-382) cargo aircraft. Safair — an...
 
 

ATK, Alenia Aermacchi complete testing on Italian Air Force C-27J

ATK has announced that the ATK and Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi have successfully completed the first phase of ground and flight testing of the fully configured multi-mission MC-27J tactical transport aircraft with the support of the Italian Air Force. The series of tests exceeded all test objectives and demonstrated the accuracy of ATK’s side-mounted GAU-23 30mm cannon....
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>