Author Topic: Aircraft Weapons Systems (Gun Pods, Rockets, etc.)  (Read 20414 times)

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Re: Aircraft Weapons Systems (Gun Pods, Rockets, etc.)
« Reply #50 on: December 28, 2019, 05:14:01 AM »
Thanks Greg, I've seen those photos before (research for a project I'm building), but all they are showing are the breach and loading mechanism, not the ammo storage system. The ammo is contained in the rear area of the pod.

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Re: Aircraft Weapons Systems (Gun Pods, Rockets, etc.)
« Reply #51 on: December 28, 2019, 05:31:43 AM »
On the SUU-19 and SUU-23 20mm Gatling Gun/Cannon pods the ammunition is carried in a drum that is very much like that used on the F-4E/F-4F Phantom II and the F-105 Thunderchief and the larger GAU-8 gun fitted to the A-10 Thunderbolt that has a capacity of 1350 rounds of 30mm.  All of these retain spent rounds after firing. 
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Re: Aircraft Weapons Systems (Gun Pods, Rockets, etc.)
« Reply #52 on: December 28, 2019, 06:55:52 AM »
That's interesting Jeff, I've read that the A-10's GAU-8 only had 900 rounds ---

How did they get the drum into the SUU-23 ? It doesn't look big enough in diameter.

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Re: Aircraft Weapons Systems (Gun Pods, Rockets, etc.)
« Reply #53 on: December 28, 2019, 09:33:30 AM »
Not the same size ammunition drum as that used on the F-4E/F-4F and F-105.  Similar but not the same size drum magazine is also used with the M61 mounted on the F-16 and F-18. 

As far as the ammunition capacity goes for the GAU-8 as installed in the A-10 I was correct, but there is a clarification to that number:
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GAU-8/A Avenger rotary cannon with 1,174 rounds (capacity 1,350 rounds)
.  As for why the difference, I have no answer but that number (1350 rounds) has been the number given in many reference books on the A-10 aircraft and GAU-8 weapon.  The capacity will vary for each mission so 900 rounds for a typical sortie may be due to fuel and range constraints after all you do not need to carry a full load of fuel or weapons for every mission.  All of that is determined by the Air Tasking Order and the people that are tasked with flying the mission.


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Re: Aircraft Weapons Systems (Gun Pods, Rockets, etc.)
« Reply #54 on: December 29, 2019, 03:30:01 AM »
How did they get the drum into the SUU-23 ? It doesn't look big enough in diameter.

I think you will find it will fit...just:




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Re: Aircraft Weapons Systems (Gun Pods, Rockets, etc.)
« Reply #55 on: December 29, 2019, 03:33:21 AM »
Hmm, it looks like the outer shell of the pod at the rear is also the outer shell of the drum. Now that explains a lot --- thanks Greg.

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Re: Aircraft Weapons Systems (Gun Pods, Rockets, etc.)
« Reply #56 on: January 03, 2020, 12:06:15 AM »
The rounds on the GAU-8 and the M-61 area also arranged as a helical spiral with the rounds arranged radially, point in. That arrangement isn't gonna work on a 57mm or 75mm round unless you want a 5 or 6 foot diameter pod. They are gonna have to be arranged along the same axis of the gun, limiting the ability to store a lot of ammo unless there is another mechanism that advances ammo from a rear carousel to the front one, not impossible, just more complicated and probably requiring additional power to drive it versus using just gun recoil.

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