posted on Jan, 17 2008 @ 10:48 PM
V-22 weapon proposal.
"V-22 Osprey: A Flying Shame?" detailed a number of very detailed and specific allegations concerning the V-22 Osprey's performance, testing flaws,
and survivability issues in anything beyond low-threat situations like the present Anbar deployment in Iraq. Despite direct offers, US NAVAIR chose
not to respond or address any of those allegations. One of the flaws that appeared headed for correction, however, was the issue of 360 degree
covering fire. This capability is useful for fire support generally, and is especially helpful when entering or covering landing zones, where rotary
aircraft are most vulnerable. The Osprey's huge propellers and the positioning of its engines had created obstruction issues with normal machine gun
mounting locations, but AUSA 2007 saw BAE Systems promoting a retractable belly turret solution based on a 3-barrel 7.62mm GAU-17 minigun.
Finally after 2 years a weapons platform has been looked at
for the V-22.
Personally i would of liked weapons hanging off the wings but you couldnt
use them in plane mode and only in hover mode.
It will be interesting how the trial ends up in the long run.
You would hope they address the other issues involved
in the above article.