Watch: F-35 Lightning II’s GAU 22/A Gatling Gun In Live Action
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a single-seat, single-engine, all-weather, multirole fighter aircraft. It is a fighter jet with a complete package of capabilities like electronic warfare, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. Have you ever read about its weapon system? Have you seen its weapons in action? This article is all about the F-35 Lightning II’s GAU-22/A 25mm Gatling gun.
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GAU-22/A 25 mm Gatling Gun
The GAU-22 gun is an externally powered Gatling gun selected for installation in the F-35 Lightning II and it was produced by the General Dynamics Tactical systems. This weapon is developed for both the internal and external gun systems in the F-35.
The GAU-22/A has four barrels in it and each of the four barrels has a breech bolt assembly that fires once per gun revolution. This mechanism ensures a longer breech and barrel life since it helps to distribute heat and firing forces all around the four barrels and different breech positions. The continuous rotary motion increases the reliability of the gun.
The GAU-22/A is a derived version from the 25mm GAU-12/U which is also a highly successful 5-barrel gun by General Dynamics. It can be easily configured to mount either in the internal gun system of the F-35 A or to the F35B/C missionized gun pods. This 25mm gun can shoot up to 3,300 shots per minute. The GAU-22/A is ideal for a broad range of targets in air, ground, and sea.
GAU-22/A Gatling Gun Specifications
|Gun Type||Four-barrel, 25mm, externally
powered Gatling Gun
|Weight||230 pounds (104.3 kg)|
|Rate of fire||Up to 3,300 shots per minute|
|Dispersion||5 milliradians diameter, 80
percent circle (1.4 milliradians,
(TP, HEI ammunition)
3,560 feet (1,085m) per second
3,400 feet (1,036m) per second
|Average recoil force||3,700 pounds (16.5 kN)|
|Drive system||Hydraulic, electric, pneumatic|
|Feed system||Linked or linkless|
Watch this amazing gun in live action in the video down below.