Jordan gunship

The Royal Jordanian Air Force took delivery of the first modified CASA-235 light gunship aircraft from ATK and the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB).

The delivery follows completion of the comprehensive US-based flight and gun test programme, which validated the performance of the gunship and its ability to perform system checkouts.

Comprising a full suite of aircraft flying qualities, sensor and weapons testing and accuracy validation, the test programme completed in March 2014.

ATK received a contract from KADDB in February 2011, for conversion of two CASA CN-235 twin-engine transport aircraft into highly-capable and cost-effective light gunships for the Royal Jordanian Air Force.

ATK Defense Group senior vice-president and president Mike Kahn said the gunship delivery represents a significant achievement for the programme and the company’s collaborative partnership with KADDB and Jordan.

"The capabilities are integrated with and controlled by ATK’s STAR mission system that provides both day and night reconnaissance."

"We brought together our strong weapon and mission systems expertise from across ATK Defense to provide this important multi-mission gunship capability to our allies," Kahn said.

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Working in partnership with KADDB, the company manufactured and provided the system integration and aircraft modifications to turn a CASA-235 cargo plane into a highly capable and cost-effective special mission aircraft,

The gunship has been fitted with ATK’s special mission aircraft package comprising an electro-optical targeting system, laser designator, aircraft self-protection equipment, synthetic aperture radar, and an armaments capability, which can offer sustained and accurate firepower in multiple scenarios using Hellfire laser-guided missiles, 2.75in rockets and a side-mounted M230 link-fed 30mm chain gun.

The capabilities are integrated with and controlled by ATK’s STAR mission system that provides both day and night reconnaissance and fire control capabilities, and the ability to acquire, monitor and track items of interest.

Image: A Jordanian CASA-235 light gunship aircraft in flight. Photo: courtesy of ATK.

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