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New special ops aircraft launched

July 11, 2012 at 12:07 PM   |   Comments

VARESE, Italy, July 11 (UPI) -- An armed multi-mission derivative of the C-27J airlifter with roll-on/roll-off capability has been introduced by Alenia Aermacchi of Italy.

The MC-27J, a special operations aircraft, will be produced and marketed by Alenia Aermacchi and ATK.

"The MC-27J provides outstanding offensive capability utilizing a palletized weapon system specifically designed for the ATK 30mm GAU-23 cannon and other precision guided weapon systems, resulting in a highly effective system that minimizes collateral damages," Alenia Aermacchi said.

"The palletized 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 integration on the aircraft's frame to significantly reduce acquisition costs and development times, while retaining the C-27J's robust airlift capabilities."

The MC-27J is capable of taking off from and landing on short and/or unprepared strips and can act as an autonomous command-and-control center integrated with a ground command network.

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