The Dillon Aero Mission Configurable Aircraft System (MCAS-AH) provides an exceptional armament solution for the Bell 407 series of helicopters. Years of direct, hands-on experience coupled with innovative engineers have produced an armament platform that is lighter, more capable, and easier to support than other systems currently available.
Airframe sustainability and useful load benefit from the decreased overall weight; with a basic AH weight of 100 pounds, the MCAS is roughly 150 pounds lighter compared to legacy systems. The aircraft can now carry more ammunition, fuel, or additional weapons systems. The common ‘A-kit” is comprised of six parts and is non-evasive to the fuel cells.
Depending on the mission profile, the user has endless configuration options utilizing up to 6 weapon stations. MCAS can easily and quickly be configured for Hellfire, M134D, DAP-6 gun pod, GAU-19B, GP-19 gun pod, HMP- 250/400, RMP, M260, or M261 rocket launchers based on mission requirements. The outer wing sections are capable of Smart Weapon Enhancements such as the Raytheon Griffin® B launcher. MCAS supports any combination of 3,000 or 1,500 round 7.62mm magazines, and/or 600 round .50 caliber magazines. All of the lightweight magazines have an identical footprint that lock into common points.
The common center section is fully reversible. The outboard wing sections are easily attached and removed with expandable diameter pins. This results in easier transport and a smaller hangar footprint. If the plank is damaged, most segments of the plank are easily replaced in the field. It is not necessary to replace an entire plank because of localized damage. MCAS wings are interchangeable between aircraft and the left-hand and right-hand wings are fully reversible. With complete interchangeability between airframes, there is no need for tail number specific hardware. This provides the user greater flexibility.
To allow for faster reload times and diminish stress on crew, we have reduced lift height by approximately seven inches, and provided smooth obstruction-free magazine rails. Cables are routed through fairings that provide protection from the environment. A pass-through within the center section allows flex chuting to be mounted completely underneath the wing eliminating interference during arming.
Additionally, the system incorporates a cargo floor option that will allow for approximately 700 pounds of useful load on a flat surface incorporating multiple tie down points to secure ‘precious cargo’. The cargo configuration allows for full operation of the doors and weighs approximately 15 pounds.
- Six stations
- Designed by SOF aviation users
- Field maintainable/repairable
- Complete airframe interchangeability
- Clean/efficient design for ease of operation
- Compatible with future Precision Guided Munitions
- Use of doors in the cargo configuration