20 Apr '15, 11am

MV-22 deploys tube-launched weapons during gunship tests

MV-22 deploys tube-launched weapons during gunship tests

The US Marine Corps (USMC) has tested the deployment of ramp-launched munitions from the Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor under wider plans to equip the aircraft with a gunship capability, it was announced earlier in April. The tests, which were conducted in late March under the auspices of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's) Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) programme, saw an MV-22 launch both the Raytheon Griffin missile and the AeroVironment Switchblade loitering munition from tubes located on the ramp. According to DARPA, the MV-22 launched an inert AGM-17 Griffin air-to-surface missile from a range of 9 km from the target, scoring a hit. No details pertaining to the Switchblade launch were released. The trials of the two aft-firing munitions come on the back of a successful demonstration of the Osprey's forward-firing capabilities. In Decembe...

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