Posts Tagged ‘Gatling Gun’

General Dynamics Gets F-35 Gun Systems Contract

November 21, 2008

The F-35 Lightning II will one day constitute the backbone of American and allied combat airpower.

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General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded two contracts by Lockheed Martin for the production of GAU-22/A gun systems for the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter aircraft.  The contracts have a combined value of nearly $9 million.

    According to General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products Gun Systems Program Manager Howard Brott, “Our GAU-22/A gun system serves a vital role in the F-35 aircraft’s tactical air-to-ground support capabilities.  In
addition, the 25mm GAU-22/A brings increased range in air-to-air engagements compared to the 20mm guns common on today’s fighters.  The gun system’s high rate of
fire and consistency are key features for future F-35 pilots, and its reliability contributes significantly to lower operating and aircraft maintenance costs.”

    The F-35 Lightning II internal gun system is based on a derivative of General Dynamics’ proven GAU-12/U 25mm Gatling gun.  It will be used on the F-35 Conventional Take-off and Landing (CTOL) variant and will include the GAU-22/A gun and its associated components.  General Dynamics is also developing an external gun system for other variants of the F-35.

    Production is scheduled to begin immediately and extend through August 2010 at General Dynamics’ Saco, Maine, facility, the company’s primary facility for production of single and multi-barrel aircraft and crew-served weapon systems.  The Saco operations provide complete production
capabilities, from design and development to  manufacturing, testing and integration.

    Program management will be performed at General Dynamics’ Burlington, Vt.-based Technology Center.

V-22 Tiltrotors to Start Getting Belly Mounted Guns Next Month

October 31, 2008

The Navy will begin integrating belly mounted, all-quadrant gun systems on MV-22 Osprey tiltrotors “within the next month or so,” Col. Matt Mulhern, V-22 program manager, said in an interview last week with Inside the Navy (subscription required).

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