GPU-5/A 30mm Gatling Gun Pod by General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems

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General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems
11399 16th Court North, Suite 200
Saint Petersburg, Florida 33716

The GPU-5/A 30mm Gatling gun pod incorporates the four-barrel 30mm GAU-13/A Gatling gun and linear linkless ammunition feed system. It is the world’s only 30mm gun pod that fires armor-piercing GAU-8/A ammunition. This ammunition is capable of stopping amphibious vehicle assaults and destroying a wide range of armored mobile and fixed targets at extended ranges.


The GPU-5/A can be installed on the wing or body centerline stations of a variety of tactical aircraft. It has low recoil loads, is lightweight and contains its own power. The pod’s linear linkless feed system contains two layers of ammunition carriers surrounding the gun, which helps conserve space and weight. Each carrier captures and fully controls ammunition at all times. The GPU-5/A contains enough ammunition for five two-second bursts at 2,400 shots per minute.


30mm GPU-5/A Gatling Gun Pod Specifications


Gun Type                                                  GAU-13/A, four-barrel, 30mm Gatling gun

Weight Loaded Empty                              1,905 pounds (866 kg)

                                                                  1,373 pounds (624 kg)

Ammunition                                               30mm GAU-8/A (API, HE, TP)

Ammunition capacity                                 353 rounds

Rate of fire                                                 2,400 shots per minute

Dispersion                                                  6 milliradians diameter, 80 percent circle

Drive system                                              Self-contained pneumatic (two loads per charge)

Feed system                                               Linear linkless, double-ended

Defense Products & Services: GPU-5/A 30mm Gatling Gun Pod by General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems
Defense Products & Services Sectors: Guns, aircraft, 20 mm and over | Weapon pods, aircraft
Description: GPU-5/A 30mm Gatling Gun Pod