15 Jan '13, 2pm

Greece + 1950's 40mm M2 A1 guns = $14 million in savings for the U.S. Air Force.

Greece + 1950's 40mm M2 A1 guns = $14 million in savings for the U.S. Air Force.

-- Bill Walter, an Air Force Special Operation Command Strike Requirements Branch program analyst, has a long history of brainstorming money-saving ideas and seeing them to fruition. A tip from the U.S. Army Ammunition Program Office led Walter to a valuable supply of modified 40 mm M2 A1 gun parts used on the AC-130 gunship, which netted an Air Force savings of more than $14 million. "The United States gave a bunch of 40 mm guns to allies during the late 1940s and early 1950s under the Marshall Plan," Walter said. "The Greek Army retired the weapon in 2005, so the parts were just sitting in a warehouse without any purpose." Walter inquired about the 40 mm parts and with the help of U.S. Army Lt. Col. Pete Huie, a Greek liaison officer, Walter reclaimed the equipment. "Huie sent me photos of the barrels, which were 1950s vintage," Walter said. "Interestingly, many of them ...

Full article: http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123331925

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