GAU-8 Avenger ! A-10 Thunderbolt II 30mm Gatling Gun

The A-10 Thunderbolt “Warthog” aircraft is built around the GAU-8 Avenger gun

A 30mm Gatling-type cannon capable of firing 70 rounds per second. Take a look…. the “Gun” fires projectiles made of a lightweight aluminum body, cast around a smaller caliber depleted uranium penetrating core, and is lethal against tanks and all other armored vehicles

The General Electric GAU-8/A Avenger is a 30 mm hydraulically driven seven-barrel Gatling-type autocannon that is typically mounted in the United States Air Force’s Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II.

Designed specifically for the anti-tank role, the Avenger delivers very powerful rounds at a high rate of fire.

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.

Idaho Air National Guard 124th Fighter Wing participating in Operation Snowbird.

124th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Airmen reload the 30mm GAU-8 Avenger main gun of an A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the 190th Fighter Squadron. Video by Staff Sgt. Robert Barney, 124th Fighter Wing.


The GAU-8 itself weighs 620 pounds (280 kg), but the complete weapon, with feed system and drum, weighs 4,029 pounds (1,828 kg) with a maximum ammunition load.

It measures 19 ft 5 1⁄2 in (5.931 m) from the muzzle to the rearmost point of the ammunition system, and the ammunition drum alone is 34.5 inches (88 cm) in diameter and 71.5 inches (1.82 m) long.

Power for operating the gun is provided by twin hydraulic motors pressurized from two independent hydraulic systems.

The magazine can hold 1,174 rounds, although 1,150 is the typical load-out.

Muzzle velocity when firing Armor-Piercing Incendiary rounds is 1,013 m/s, almost the same as the substantially lighter M61 Vulcan’s 20 mm round, giving the gun a muzzle energy of approximately 200 kilojoules.

The standard ammunition mixture for anti-armor use is a five-to-one mix of PGU-14/B Armor Piercing Incendiary, with a projectile weight of about 14.0 oz (395 grams or 6,096 grains) and PGU-13/B High Explosive Incendiary (HEI) rounds, with a projectile weight of about 13.3 oz (378 grams or 5,833 grains).

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The PGU-14/B’s projectile incorporates a lightweight aluminum body, cast around a smaller caliber depleted uranium penetrating core. The Avenger is lethal against tanks and all other armored vehicles.

Guardia Nacional de Idaho Aire combatiente 124o Ala participar en la Operación Snowbird. 124o Escuadrilla de Aeronaves Mantenimiento aviadores recargar la GAU-8 arma principal de un A-10 Thunderbolt II asignado al escuadrón de caza 190o.

Vídeo de sargento de personal. Robert Barney, 124a Ala de Combate.

Garde nationale de l’Idaho Air 124e Fighter Wing participant à l’opération Snowbird. 124e Escadron de maintenance d’aéronefs aviateurs rechargez la GAU-8 arme principale d’un A-10 Thunderbolt II affecté à la 190e Escadron de chasse. Vidéo par Staff Sgt. Robert Barney, 124e Fighter Wing.

Idaho Air National Guard 124th Fighter Wing Teilnahme an der Operation Snowbird. 124. Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Airmen laden Sie die GAU-8 Kanone eines A-10 Thunderbolt II des 190. Kämpfer-Geschwader zugewiesen. Video von Staff Sgt. Robert Barney, 124th Fighter Wing.

愛達荷州空軍國民警衛隊第124戰鬥機聯隊參加工作雪鳥。 124飛機維修中隊飛行員重裝A-10雷電II的GAU-8主砲分配到第190戰鬥機中隊。視頻由參謀軍士。羅伯特·巴尼,第124戰鬥機聯隊。

इडाहो एयर नेशनल गार्ड 124 लड़ाकू विंग ऑपरेशन एक प्रकार का पक्षी में भाग ले। 124 वें विमान रखरखाव स्क्वाड्रन एयरमैन 190 लड़ाकू स्क्वाड्रन को आवंटित किए गए एक -10 वज्र द्वितीय के गऊ -8 मुख्य बंदूक पुनः लोड। स्टाफ सार्जेंट द्वारा वीडियो। रॉबर्ट बार्नी, 124 लड़ाकू विंग।

Айдахо ВВС Национальной гвардии 124 истребительного авиаполка участвуют в операции Snowbird. 124 ТОиР Squadron Авиаторы перезагрузите ГАУ-8 пушки из-10 Thunderbolt II, назначенный 190-ю истребительную эскадрилью. Видео по сержант. Роберт Барни, 124 истребительный авиаполк.

الحرس الوطني لولاية ايداهو الهواء 124 جناح المقاتلات المشاركة في عملية سنوبيرد. 124 لصيانة الطائرات سرب طيارات تحميل المدفع الرئيسي GAU-8 من A-10 الصاعقة الثانية المسندة إلى 190 السرب. الفيديو من قبل الرقيب. روبرت بارني، 124 جناح المقاتلات.

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