This GAU-8/A Avenger 30 mm gun firing test footage is pretty impressive

Jan 08 2016 - 14 Comments

Another cool “brttttttttt video.”

Filmed throughout acceptance trials for a new lot of ammunition, this impressive clip shows a GAU-8/A Avenger Gatling Gun firing from a test stand.

What makes this video interesting is the fact that although the muzzle was placed 40 feet from the camera you can clearly hear the noise of the A-10’s 30mm rotary cannon firing 170 rounds during this 2,3 sec. long burst.

The Avenger cannon is the Hog primary weapon and is able to fire 3,900 bullets per minute: placed in the A-10 fuselage, each of its seven barrels has an internal riffling groove which passes through the whole length of the barrel so that a spin on each round can be induced.

Image credit: U.S. Air Force

  • sferrin

    Imagine what that 11-barrel beast the Chinese have on their carrier must sound like. Then there’s this. . .

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  • Misanthropik

    Can’t hurt the brrrrrrrrrrt.

  • Jim Rossi

    I was a weapons loader/crew chief on these in the CT ANG from 1981 to 1997 /. The API DU (Armor Piercing Incendiary Depleted Uranium ) rounds were a pain in the ass to load-extremely heavy . Great aircraft to work on . They should be upgraded to the dual cockpit N/AW A-10 standard (A-10D ?) instead of being sent to the boneyard and “replaced” by the F-35A “Edsel 2” .

    • su34

      Those DU shells would more likely be a pain in the gonads…

  • Camille Ratel

    incroyable armement ce A 10 c’est l’apocalypse!!!!! bravo!!!! a nos pilotes américains pour en finir
    une fois pour toute avec ces criminels de DAECH!!!!!!

  • Jan Schmidt

    for gun maniacs – AK630M-2 30 mm CIWS sinks somali pirate vessels (after they were arrested and evacuated)

    bosche moi!

    more?

    • cricha43

      Lmao thos ak630m rounds were missing all over the place haha. Russian troll fails again.

      • su34

        Yank troll has no clue. CIWS is not a sniper rifle, more like a shotgun
        (albeit more accurate). It’s purpose is to fill the (fast
        moving/maneuvering) target area with as much “lead” (tungsten, APDS,
        AP-I, HE-I, etc.) as possible, in the shortest time. It’s usually enough
        if a single/few shell(s) from the burst hit(s) the target, to
        damage/destroy it.

    • su34

      Yanks have a tendency to build planes around cannons, or even around
      computers, nowadays. Of course, the plane suffers… but the brrrrrrrrrt
      (has someone just farted?) is soooo cooool! It’s entertaining even on
      the ground, making some guys laugh themselves silly.
      Oh well, the russian fssszzzzzt is so much more impressive.
      PS: Bitte den armseligen Amis nicht den Spass verderben…

  • John McElroy

    And then the stupid background laughing. Ha ha ha ha ha that was really funny. Ha ha ha ha ha. Really funny.

  • Jon Allenstein

    Each barrel has internal riffling groove which passes through the whole length of the barrel so that a spin on each round can be induced? WOW!!!!

  • Critical Thought

    “What makes this video interesting is the fact that although the muzzle was placed 40 feet from the camera you can clearly hear the noise of the A-10’s 30mm rotary cannon firing 170 rounds during this 2,3 sec. long burst.” We also could clearly hear a 170 rounds of .22 cal or even a pellet or paintball gun at that distance.

  • radiskull

    Dang the pilot sits on that????

  • WpnsLoader175

    I have been there at Eglin AFB and stood in the hallway directly behind the test stand chamber doors (no one is allowed inside). The test guys go to some great lengths to warn you about the sound and to not be touching the chamber door (due to the pressures shoving the heavy gauge steel doors). As a A-10C weapons guy, that gun is music to my ears.