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Monday, September 1, 2008

Rotorcraft Report: Heard in the Hallways: A Gun By Any Other Name

What is in a name? BAE Systems is developing an interim defensive weapon system for the U.S. Air Force’s special-operations CV-22 Osprey under a January $491,000 contract from the U.S. Special Operations Command for rapid development, installation, testing and qualification of the gun. The contract could be worth as much as $16.3 million.

The effort is no doubt a worthy one. But the belly-mounted gun is billed as an "all-quadrant" defensive weapon, which prompted an old Osprey hand at July’s Farnborough Air Show to ask this question: How can it be "all-quadrant" if the gun can’t fire up?

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