Sunday, July 23, 2017
See my previous blog entry item # 2. The crop duster close-air-support warplane.
As was noted NO gun.
Also NO dispenser for cluster-bomb munitions.
BUT DOES HAVE AN OPTION FOR THE ELECTRONIC COUNTER-MEASURES POD!
From this You Tube video the various weapons as carried by the Archangel described.
Electronic warfare counter-measures pod the ALQ-213. Detects the signature of a shoulder-fired pea-shooter infra-red guided surface-air-missile of the Soviet/Russian Grail type and disperses counter-measures. [presumably flares].
Originally a Danish Air Force design for their F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft, the AN/ALQ-213(V), called a Electronic Warfare Management System (EWMS) . . . its function is electronics countermeasures suite controller. It is now used on different aircraft, by different countries, all with the goal of reducing workload, especially on single-seat aircraft. It also assists the crew in fusing the information from the multiple on-board electronic warfare subsystems.
This counter-measures pod greatly [?] enhances survivability in the non-permissive and counter-insurgency environment
NO gun and NO cluster-bomb dispenser. Archangel does not need? Weaponry and ordnance already available and being carried sufficient as it is??
Evidently at some point during development it was decided to fit a gun to the warplane? That image accompany this blog entry was of the GAU-19 multi-barrel 12.7mm gun [capable of carrying] 2,900 rounds. So such an option [gun] might be available.