A-10 Gatling Gun
by Stephen Sutton
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The AN/GAU-8a 30mm Avenger seven-barrel gatling gun, mounted only on the A-10
attack jet, is a 30mm, 7 barrel gatling gun used primarily in the air to ground
role as a soft target killer and tank buster.
This aircraft is used for close-air support in attacking ground threats such
as armored tanks and vehicles, and also serves as a forward air control observer
for sighting ground threats and directing air strikes against enemy targets.
The gun, mounted in the fuselage nose of the A/OA-10 Thunderbolt, is produced
by [ex General Electric] Martin Marietta Armament Systems.
According to some sources, the GAU-8 fires 1,800 rounds per minute, with the
higher 4200 rd/min rate having been deleted in the 1980s. However, the A-10 can
only fire in high rate, which is 3900 rounds per minute. Find out more on the
A-10 here http://www.a-10.org/
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