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BAE Systems to build new weapon system for the Osprey

2nd March 2011 - 10:43 GMT | by Tony Osborne in London


BAE Systems is to provide an updated weapons system for the V-22 Osprey.

The $14 million contract, awarded at the end of February, calls for a belly-mounted, all-quadrant defensive capability for the tiltrotor to replace the Remote Guardian System (RGS) that were deployed with US Marine Corps V-22s to Afghanistan at the beginning of 2010.

The RGS consists of a 7.62 mm machine gun which folds away into the belly of the aircraft. The weapon is slaved to an EO/IR sensor to provide targeting, and is operated from a screen in the rear cabin of the aircraft.

BAE Systems said

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Tony Osborne


Tony Osborne

Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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