A-10 Gatling Gun, Biggest Gatling Gun of The USAF - GAU-8 Avenger Tankbuster
The General Electric GAU-8/A Avenger is a 30 mm hydraulically driven seven-barrel Gatling-type cannon that is typically mounted in the United States Air Force's Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II. The AN/GAU-8 Avenger 30mm gun system was specifically built to serve as a Close Air Support "Tank Buster" for the U.S. Air Force. Similar to the earlier M61 20mm Vulcan design, the Avenger uses seven barrels to achieve a rate of fire of 3,900 rounds per minute. The GAU-8/A is also used in the Goalkeeper CIWS ship weapon system, which provides defense against short-range threats such as highly maneuverable missiles, aircraft and fast maneuvering surface vessels.
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Credit to Tech. Sgt. Rachel Barton, U.S. Air Force, 127th Wing
Joint Force Headquarters, Michigan National Guard.
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