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SOCOM explores M230 cannon enhancements

14th September 2017 - 13:00 GMT | by Scott Gourley in Montana


US Special Operations Command is exploring operational enhancements to its M230 30mm cannon systems, it has emerged. 

Under a $666,229 contract announced on 7 September, Orbital ATK will be performing non-recurring engineering services to conduct ground and flight testing of a modified M230 30mm Chain Gun weapon system.

The announcement describes the engineering effort, including 'the production of sufficient material and/or kitting to support the ground testing that will lead to a material solution(s) that lead to a reduction in weapon vibration and blast suppression’.

Industry sources involved with the programme note that the project was the result of

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Scott Gourley


Scott Gourley

Scott Gourley is a US-based writer on defence and security issues. A former US Army …

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