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30-mm GAU-8/A Avenger

Country of Origin: USA


The GAU-8/A seven-barreled 30-mm Gatling cannon is the internal gun armament of the A-10 Thunderbolt II ("Warthog") ground attack aircraft. It is the largest, heaviest, most powerful aircraft gun in service.

The cannon was developed as an airborne "tank buster." Its success in that role depends on a high rate of fire, and heavy ammunition with significant penetrating power. The gun is properly thought of as part of a system that includes depleted uranium (DU) ammunition and the...

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