Building a gunship for Jordan


Airbus Defence and Space and ATK have teamed to build a light gunship based on the CN235. Now the two companies are teaming to build a larger gunship based on the C-295 airframe.

According to a joint press release of the two companies dated 17 June 2014: “Today His Royal Highness Prince Feisal bin Al Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan attended the announcement that the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB), ATK and Airbus Defence and Space signed an agreement to cooperatively work together on a C295 gunship version.
“A C295 currently operated by Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) will be converted to gunship by ATK of the USA and join two AC-235 gunships that were delivered to Jordan by ATK at SOFEX.
“The AC-295 gunship configuration will be based on the AC-235 Light Gunship which includes integrated mission and fire control systems, electro-optical and radar sensors, Hellfire missiles, ATK’s side-mounted M230 30mm chain gun, an integrated defensive suite and 2.75 inch guided rockets.”

With regard to the AC-235 offering ATK provides the following perspective from their website: ATK’s special-mission aircraft offerings integrate intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensors, fire-control equipment, and an LW30 mm link-fed gun system. These capabilities are controlled by our STAR Mission System, which provides both day-and-night reconnaissance and fire-control capabilities, and the ability to acquire, monitor and track items of interest.

The AC-235 light gunship provides customers with an affordable, enhanced capability to conduct responsive defense, counterinsurgency, and border surveillance and security missions on customer-preferred platforms.


Day/night ISR solution with precision-strike/close-air support capabilities

Ownship targeting and weapons employment provided via integrated targeting and fire-control systems

Off-board data links provide full-motion video to ground stations or other aircraft

Defensive countermeasures systems and ballistic protection standard

Night vision goggle (NVG) compatible

Adaptable to multiple platforms


EO/IR sensor with integrated laser designator and IMU

Fuselage-integrated weapons pylons support AGM-114M/K Missile and 70 mm rockets

Lightweight 30 mm M230LF gun

Synthetic aperture radar

AAR-47/ALE-47 defensive countermeasures system

Ballistic panels for cockpit and passenger protection

Line-of-sight (LOS) and beyond LOS tactical communications

Tactical data links

With regard to the airframe and its ability to be configured for multiple missions, Airbus Defence and Space underscores the following: “The new generation C295 is the ideal aircraft for defence and civic missions to the benefit of society, such as humanitarian actions, homeland security, and environmental surveillance. Thanks to its robustness and reliability, simple systems, and optimal cabin, this medium sized tactical airlifter provides wide versatility and flexibility, necessary for personnel, troop and bulky/palletized cargo transportation, casualty evacuation, communication and logistic duties, and air-dropping.
“Its flexible design, long endurance and modern systems have made it an outstanding platform for a wide range of ISR roles including anti-submarine and ship warfare, airborne early warning, and maritime surveillance.
“The C295 is part of Airbus Military’s family of light and medium airlifters, which also includes the smaller NC212i and CN235 platforms. In the fourth quarter of 2014 Airbus Military will introduce the C295W, featuring as standard winglets and higher engine power ratings, giving increased performance in all flight phases and lower fuel burn.”

Republished with permission from Second Line of Defence. The full story can be read here.