LE BOURGET — Alenia Aeronautica is preparing for the second phase of flight testing—including the integration of precision-guided munitions—on its palletized MC-27J gunship kit. The concept is driven, in part, by U.S. Air Force interest, though the Italian Air Force also has interest in a C-27J gunship version. Ben Stone, CEO of C-27J manufacturer Alenia Aeronautica, says the market is roughly 50 of these gunship kits. Aside from the U.S. and Italy, Alenia and its U.S.-based ...

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