Italy Adopts Gunship For Special Forces Missions

By Tony Osborne
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
November 25, 2013

The Italian air force (AMI) is to become the first European air arm to invest in a gunship capability, as it seeks to make increased use of its Special Operations Forces.

The air arm is converting six of its 12-strong fleet of Alenia C-27J Spartan tactical airlifters into MC-27J Praetorian multi-mission aircraft through a palletized kit system, which has been developed jointly by Alenia Aermacchi, ATK and Selex ES. Key components of the system will include palletized, electronically traversable ATK-produced 30-mm GAU-23 cannon—fired from the port-side paratroop door—electro-optical cameras and a mission system.

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