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ATK and Alenia Aermacchi Conclude 1st Phase Testing on Italian Air Force C-27J

July 21, 2014

ATK reported 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 (ITAF).

In its release, ATK said the series of tests exceeded all test objectives and demonstrated the accuracy of ATK's side-mounted GAU- 23 30mm cannon.

According to the companies, the ITAF MC-27J aircraft was modified with an L-3 Wescam MX-15Di Electro-Optical and Infrared Turret mounted under the nose of the aircraft to support multi-mission applications such as a Gunship, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance(ISR) and Search and Rescue (SAR) missions; various radio and data links and ATK's Roll-On/Roll-Off (RORO) palletized gun and mission control systems.

ATK and Alenia Aermacchi noted: "The completion of successful testing with the Italian Air Force further validates the capabilities of the RORO gun and mission systems and demonstrates that the program is ready for fielding. This testing builds on previous gun accuracy flight tests done with the MC-27J at Eglin AFB in 2013 and will provide the aircraft with a vital capability and a greater mission flexibility at an affordable cost."

The MC-27J is a multi mission system jointly developed by ATK and Alenia Aermacchi, based on the C-27J, the twin-engine turboprop tactical transport aircraft currently available on the market.

ATK is an aerospace, defense and commercial products company with operations in 22 states, Puerto Rico, and internationally.

Alenia Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica company, focuses on the civil and defence aeronautical industry.

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