Aircraft Gun Systems

F/A-18 E/F 20mm Gatling Gun System

The Boeing F/A-18 E/F Hornet is a multi-mission, high-performance tactical aircraft armed with an internal 20mm M61A2 lightweight Gatling gun and closed-loop rotary linkless feed system produced by General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems.\

The weapon system operates on the same proven principles that other GD-OTS 20mm Gatling gun systems use and provides a wide array of extremely reliable features for
positive round control throughout ammunition storage and the transfer cycle. The F/A-18 E/F uses special materials and processes that yield extended life and reduced wear of
precision-engineered sprockets, guides, ammo drum and round paths. It also features proven gear box designs that provide reliable, precise and efficient power transfer.

The F/A-18 E/F's components, including the gun, are mounted on a pallet structure. The gun is attached
to the pallet via twin recoil adapters that dissipate firing forces. The entire system is mounted in the nose of the aircraft with barrel positioning provided by a forward muzzle
clamp with integral rollers. The palletized approach provides a
straight-forward and rapid installation and removal process for ease
of maintenance.

The Boeing F/A-18 C/D Hornet is a multi-mission, high-performance tactical aircraft armed with an internal 20mm M61A2 lightweight Gatling gun and closed-loop rotary linkless feed system produced by General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems. The weapon system operates on the same proven principles that other GD-OTS 20mm Gatling gun systems use, providing a wide array of extremely reliable features for positive round control throughout ammunition storage and the transfer cycle. The F/A-18 C/D uses special materials and processes that yield extended life and reduced wear of the precision-engineered sprockets, guides, ammo drum and round
paths. It also features a proven gear box designs that provide reliable, precise and efficient power transfer.

The F/A-18 C/D's components, including the gun, are mounted on a pallet structure. The gun is attached to the pallet via twin recoil adapters that dissipate firing forces. The entire system is mounted in the nose of the aircraft with barrel
positioning provided by a forward muzzle clamp with integral rollers. The palletized approach provides a straight-forward and rapid installation and removal process for ease of maintenance.

Specifications

Gun type

M61A2, six-barrel, 20mm, externally powered Gatling gun system

Weight (total)

812 pounds (368 kg)

Gun 202 pounds (92 kg)
Feed System 285 pounds (129 kg)
Ammunition (full) 325 pounds (147 kg)
Rate of fire

4,000/6,000 shots per minute

Ammunition type

Compatible with all NATO standardized agreement 3585 ammunition

Ammunition capacity 578 rounds
Feed system

Rotary, linkless, closed loop

Drive system Hydraulic



 

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