F-35A Gatling Gun

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The F-35 project has cost $3.5-billion thus far, and it’s eight years late to boot, but the craft has finally fired its first shots (GAU)-22/A 25mm Gatling gun system shots in the air. Approximately, three bursts of one 30 rounds and two 60 rounds each were fired from the aircraft’s four-barrel, 25-millimeter Gatling gun, which is hidden behind closed doors to reduce its radar cross section until the trigger is pulled. Continue reading for two more videos and information.

“The first phase of F-35 gun testing started in June, when initial shots were fired from the ground at the Edwards Air Force Flight Test Center’s gun harmonizing range. The gun system will be further tested with a production F-35A next year for integration with the jet’s full mission systems capabilities. The test team will demonstrate the gun’s effectiveness in both air-to-air and air-to-ground employment when integrated with the next generation fighter’s sensor fusion software, which will provide targeting information to the pilot through the helmet mounted display,” according to Mail Online.