So, after ALL this time, they decide to fit a gun to the V-22. But of course, it's hopelessly inflexible, so they can only fit a tiny gun. Good thing no-one would really have wanted to fast-rope from this horror, anyway..... What next in the V-22 saga? CV22 Osprey to get minigun retrofit By Stephen Trimble, FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL BAE Systems is to start adapting a remotely operated minigun to install on the US Air Force BellBoeing CV-22 Osprey. The 7.62mm-calibre weapon is officially labelled an "interim all-quadrant defensive weapon", but would be the first weapon system to be embedded within the internal structure of a V-22 airframe. The US Marine Corps operates a ramp-mounted .50-calibre gun on 10 MV-22 Ospreys deployed in Iraq, but this configuration limits the weapon to firing only on rearward targets. The BAE Systems gun system selected for the CV-22 will be embedded within the "hell hole" normally used by troops for fast-roping to the ground. A sensor that includes a camera and infrared imager will be embedded in a second hole forward of the weapon station, with the crew chief operating the trigger inside the cabin.