Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect responses provided to Air Force Times by Air Force Special Operations Command.
The 30mm cannon on the Air Force’s next gunship is having multiple problems, limiting its ability to track targets and maintain a full and consistent rate of fire, according to a new Pentagon report.
“This aircraft has already performed well beyond expectations,” AFSOC spokesman Lt. Col. Pete Hughes said in an email Feb. 1. “None of the observations noted are show stoppers.”
Air Force leadership has championed the Ghostrider as “the ultimate battle plane,” and “a bomb truck with guns.”
With its two cannons, a slate of precision-guided munitions — which could include the Hellfire missile in the future — and ambitions to eventually add small drones and even a laser weapon, the Ghostrider is planned to be the most heavily armed gunship in history.