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F-35 In-Flight Test of (GAU)-22/A 25mm Gatling gun

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The replacement for the A-10 close air support craft fired "three bursts of one 30 rounds and two 60 rounds each were fired from the aircraft’s four-barrel, 25-millimeter Gatling gun". 90+120=210, from a magazine of 220 rounds. Res ipsa loquitur (www.sldinfo.com) Altro...

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canuck44
canuck44 1
This must have been a pod mounted gun which holds 220 rounds of 25 mm for the nose mounted gun has only a capacity of 180 rounds.

Alternatively the A-10 holds 1150 of 30 mm uranium depleted rounds.

Hopefully when the test to compare the two takes place it will include one test that requires the aircraft to attack multiple targets.
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
Wouldn't the external pod reduce the much vaunted stealth capability?
canuck44
canuck44 1
They are claiming it has been configured for stealth. Certainly not much in ammunition with only 220 of 25 mm. A couple of two second bursts plus a single three will pretty much deplete the magazine. Maybe then they can put out a sonic boom and scare someone.
pgknauth
A-10s pilots penetrate deeper, linger longer and deliver a bigger load.
spbking
It's still not a Warthog, it's too fast to give ground support
PLANESOLUTIONS
Wondering why this is: a) news that the MIL should even disclose. 2) Unfortunate that we've had a "fighter (bomber)" that has not fired a round to this point in it's development.
bbabis
Bill Babis 0
160 units delivered and we didn't know if the gun worked??? Clearly this thing is being rammed through come hell or high water. In a government run by intelligent people, all systems are operational before 1 unit is delivered.
Taurcan
I wonder what the cost per aircraft lost in the CAS role will be. Seems to me that it would cost much less to lose an A-10 to groundfire than an F-35. Also the survivabilty to ground fire probably, makes the A-10 a more suitable choice. Built like a tank, and a slow mover. The more sofisticated the systems are, generally the more easily damaged.
When you try to make something do everything, it usually ends up doing nothing well.

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