Aircraft Gun Systems
General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products produces gun systems for a wide variety of aircraft.
GDATP has more than 50 years of experience producing gun systems for fixed and rotary-wing aircraft. We are the industry-leading producer of aircraft Gatling guns and linkless ammunition handling systems. Our gun systems arm the majority of the front-line fighters in use by the U.S. and allies around the world.
The GAU-8/A is a 30mm Gatling gun that is installed on the U.S. Air Force's A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft and the Navy's Goalkeeper Close-In Weapon System. The GAU-8/A provides a reliable, high-rate-of-fire, combat-proven weapon for close air support and shipboard defense missions.
The 25mm GAU-12/U is an externally powered Gatling gun adaptable for air, land and sea platforms. The gun system’s significant muzzle energy and combat lethality provide air-to-air, ground-to-air and air-to-ground firepower for the U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier II aircraft.
The F-15E fighter is armed with GDATP's M61A1 six-barrel, 20mm armament system for air superiority, ground attack and interdiction missions. The lightweight linear ammunition feed system provides high reliability and maximum round capacity for the aircraft’s allotted space envelope.
The F-16 weapon system features the M61A1 six-barrel Gatling gun and a linkless ammunition feed system. The M61A1 provides up to 10 times the reliability of single-barrel guns, firing at 6,000 shots per minute and placing a controlled dispersion of projectiles in the path of the target.
The F/A-18 fighter is armed with GDATP’s internally mounted 20mm M61A2 multi-barrel gun and a rotary linkless feed system. These dual-rate gun systems provide pilots flexible air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities.
The F-22A fighter features the lightweight M61A2 20mm Gatling gun and a linear linkless ammunition feed system. The M61A2 provides up to 10 times the reliability of single-barrel guns, firing at 6,000 shots per minute and placing a controlled dispersion of projectiles in the path of the target.
The GAU-22/A is a four-barrel 25mm Gatling gun developed for installation in the F-35 Lightning II fighter. GDATP developed an internal gun system for the F-35A and an external gun system for the F-35B and C variants.
The Marine Corps and allied Cobra attack helicopters are armed with the M-197 three-barrel Gatling gun installed in a GDATP Universal Turret System. This combination provides the Cobra platform with versatile area suppression firepower.
The GAU-19/B is effective in both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. The weapon provides highly effective firepower against area suppression and point targets, as well as being ideally suited for utility, scout and attack helicopters. With a rate of fire of 1,300 shots per minute, the GAU-19/B provides superior firepower in a lightweight system. Video
The UH-1 Plank weapon system was designed and produced for the Bell UH-1, Huey II, 212 and 412 aircraft. The system utilizes a unique modular concept and can be configured for an array of weapons. The primary weapon system configuration includes two pintle-mounted GAU-19/A 12.7mm Gatling guns.