30 May '18, 7pm

The Military Still Wants a Belly Gun for the V-22 Osprey

The Military Still Wants a Belly Gun for the V-22 Osprey

For years, officials have wanted a forward firing gun under the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey 's belly to give it extra defensive measures when landing in an enemy hot zone. But the rumored addition is still not a done deal, according to Bell-Boeing officials. "There are some studies and development programs underway for an advanced firing weapon and electronic weapons packages," Chris Gehler, vice president and program director for the V-22 at Bell, told Military.com on Tuesday. [But] the "forward-firing weapon is not [coming] within the next several years; it would probably be just beyond that." In 2015, Bell-Boeing demonstrated forward-firing rockets, Gehler said. In April, the company did demonstrations for the Marine Corps and Air Force "with some virtual" simulation of a belly system forward-firing gun. However, there is no program of record for the weapon. Related content...

Full article: https://www.military.com/defensetech/2018/05/30/military-...

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