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AWESOME F-35A TEST FIRE INTERNAL GUN POD FOR FIRS TIME

Watch The F-35 Fire Its Gun Pod For The Very First Time
THE DRIVE ^ | July 29, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
Posted on 7/29/2016

The F-35A has already fired its internal GAU-22 25mm cannon both on the ground and in the air, and now the gun pod intended for the B and C models, which lack an internal cannon, is being test-fired on the aircraft for the very first time. The gun pod is housed in a semi-low observable (stealthy) enclosure attached to the F-35B and C’s centerlines, between the weapons bays. The gun’s “common” enclosure design can also be used to house other bolt-on systems in the future.



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A F-35B loaded with GBU-12 laser guided bombs, AIM-9X Sidewinders, and a gun pod.

The GAU-22 is actually a lighter, four-barrel (instead of five) version of the GAU-12 Equalizer cannon that's pod-mounted on the AV-8B Harrier and also found on the AC-130U gunship. The F-35’s gun pod holds 220 rounds of 25mm ammunition in a helical magazine that spirals around the gun itself and has a rate of fire of around 3,000 rounds per minute. This equates to about 50 rounds per second, or half the rate of fire of the M61 Vulcan 20mm cannon found on all other American jet fighters.

For what the GAU-12 lacks in rapidity it makes up for in destructive power. Its 25mm ammunition has a far greater effect than its 20mm little cousin. This makes it more ideal for attacking ground targets, but less so for close-in dogfights with other aircraft.

With 220 rounds available in the F-35’s gun pod, the pilot has 4.4 second of “trigger time” until the magazine runs empty. This equates to about four short trigger pulls if the pilot is miserly. The F-35A, with its internal cannon, carries even less ammunition—only 182 rounds—equating to about three trigger pulls at best.
 

AWESOME F-35A TEST FIRE INTERNAL GUN POD FOR FIRS TIME






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