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Order given for Gatling guns
Security Industry ^ | 3/8/2012 | Security Industry

Posted on 04/08/2012 10:08:22 PM PDT by U-238

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products said it will produce additional 20mm gun systems for use on U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft.

The order for the weapons came under a contract modification from the Naval Air Systems Command worth $7.8 million, the company said.

"General Dynamics has successfully produced the weapon system for the F/A-18 for more than 25 years," said Steve Elgin, vice president and general manager of armament systems for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products.

"The M61A2 F/A-18 gun system continues to be relevant, affordable and extremely effective."

The M61A2 gun system is a six-barrel Gatling gun. It has a closed-loop rotary feed and can fire as many as 6,000 rounds a minute.

Additional details of the contract modification, as well as a delivery schedule, weren't disclosed but General Dynamics said the weapons would be produced at its facility in Saco, Maine.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 20mm; aerospace; banglist; f18; gatlingguns; m61a2; navair; superhornet; usnavy

1 posted on 04/08/2012 10:08:35 PM PDT by U-238
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To: U-238

guns. gotta have ‘em.


2 posted on 04/08/2012 10:16:31 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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3 posted on 04/08/2012 10:18:59 PM PDT by U-238 (Time is like a river made up of events which happen,and its currents is strong;no sooner its swept)
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To: RitchieAprile

Can a neighborhood watch citizen mount this on his jeep to allow the watchdog to fire as needed?


4 posted on 04/08/2012 10:34:04 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: U-238

You mean Mini Gun

Its automated


5 posted on 04/08/2012 10:49:01 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

No. An The M61 Vulcan for fixed wing aircraft. GE originally designed the and the gun id now designed for General Dynamics


6 posted on 04/08/2012 11:08:48 PM PDT by U-238 (Time is like a river made up of events which happen,and its currents is strong;no sooner its swept)
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To: U-238

Whoops! Thought for sure that i was about to read another expose on DHS or NPS purchases...


7 posted on 04/08/2012 11:10:05 PM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: U-238

At least they’re still made in America.


8 posted on 04/08/2012 11:12:19 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

If you want added punch, use depleted uranium and it will turn a tank into swiss cheese.


9 posted on 04/08/2012 11:13:42 PM PDT by U-238 (Time is like a river made up of events which happen,and its currents is strong;no sooner its swept)
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To: U-238

Still not the GAU-8 Avenger, though.


10 posted on 04/08/2012 11:18:29 PM PDT by wastedyears (Signature for sale.)
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To: wastedyears

No, that is the USAF A-10 30 mm gatling gun.


11 posted on 04/08/2012 11:19:55 PM PDT by U-238 (Time is like a river made up of events which happen,and its currents is strong;no sooner its swept)
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To: wastedyears

General Electric GAU-8/A Avenger
12 posted on 04/08/2012 11:23:02 PM PDT by U-238 (Time is like a river made up of events which happen,and its currents is strong;no sooner its swept)
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Fast movers have pretty much been moved out of the air to ground strafing role. The best rounds for air to air are simple blue target practice rounds. It was discovered that 20MM high explosive incendiary rounds were too expensive and don't cause the desired damage. TP rounds put holes in a plane just as well letting aerodynamics do the rest by making small holes larger.
13 posted on 04/08/2012 11:30:51 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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14 posted on 04/09/2012 12:04:48 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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15 posted on 04/09/2012 12:05:25 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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16 posted on 04/09/2012 12:06:05 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

Outlaw Josey Wales is one of my favorites. Especially that scene


17 posted on 04/09/2012 12:06:11 AM PDT by U-238 (Time is like a river made up of events which happen,and its currents is strong;no sooner its swept)
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To: U-238

Yep. Unfortunately, the good old days for movies, television and music are long gone.


18 posted on 04/09/2012 12:10:53 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL


19 posted on 04/09/2012 1:06:42 AM PDT by QT3.14 (Hate Crime: Political Correctness on steroids.)
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To: ETL
For those pesky commutes...(What Would Chuck Drive)


20 posted on 04/09/2012 3:20:31 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: U-238

A couple of years ago I saw a website dedicated to enthusiasts that were building mini guns from scratch to fire the .22LR bullets.


21 posted on 04/09/2012 3:31:43 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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To: U-238
Not the firearm in question, but a "fun" scene demonstrating the Hollywood waste of ammunition syndrome found in too many movies.

Professionals do not panic.


22 posted on 04/09/2012 4:47:39 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: Erik Latranyi

To really waste ammunition you have to work for the DHS.


23 posted on 04/09/2012 5:47:50 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: U-238
The M61A2 gun system is a six-barrel Gatling gun. It has a closed-loop rotary feed and can fire as many as 6,000 rounds a minute

I always find these cyclic rate of fire calculations to be unrealistic and amusing. On the F-22, the capacity is 480 rounds, or about 5 seconds worth of rounds. Because of these numbers, these gatling guns are almost always fired in very small bursts, relatively speaking,

24 posted on 04/09/2012 6:38:31 AM PDT by Fractal Trader
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To: Erik Latranyi

Have you seen Act of Valor? Definitely no wasted ammunition syndrome there. They even show video of the guys reloading! Imagine that...


25 posted on 04/09/2012 8:07:01 AM PDT by wastedyears (Signature for sale.)
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To: Eye of Unk

Now that would be a handy weapon.


26 posted on 04/09/2012 11:50:01 AM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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