Aircraft Gun Systems
F-16 20mm Gun System
The F-16 fighter is armed with a 20mm Gatling gun system produced by General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems. This fixed-forward firing system provides maximum lethality against air-to-air and air-to-surface targets.
The weapon system features the M61A1 six-barrel Gatling gun and a linkless ammunition feed system. The M61A1 provides up to 10 times the reliability of single-barrel guns, firing at 6,000 shots per minute and placing a controlled dispersion of projectiles in the path of the target. Over 4,500 F-16 systems have been delivered to date.
The double-ended linkless ammunition feed system incorporates a compact lightweight composite rotary ammunition drum to store unfired and fired ammunition. The feed system is compatible with four GD-OTS loading systems: the Universal Ammunition Loading System; the Ammunition Loading System; the F-16 Delinking Loader and the Universal Delinking Loader. The ALS and UALS systems significantly reduce manpower requirements and turnaround time by eliminating the need for linked ammunition.
|Gun type||M61A1, six-barrel, 20mm, externally|
|Weight (total)||832 pounds (377 kg)|
|Gun||248 pounds (112.5 kg)|
|Feed system||258 pounds (117 kg)|
|Ammunition (full)||325 pounds (147 kg)|
|Rate of fire||6,000 shots per minute|
|Ammunition capacity||511 rounds|
|Ammunition type||M50- & PGU-series ammunition|
|Feed system||Rotary, linkless, closed loop|