• Short Summary

    The United States Department of Defense recently conducted series of tests on the A-10 thirty millimetre gun system the largest gun ever installed in a modern air force fighter/attack aircraft.

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    The United States Department of Defense recently conducted series of tests on the A-10 thirty millimetre gun system the largest gun ever installed in a modern air force fighter/attack aircraft.

    The U.S. Air Force A-10 aircraft, with the big Gatling gun system, is designed to blunt and defeat a potential armoured thrust.

    On a test range at the Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, lethality checks proved that the predicated tank-destroying capabilities of the thirty millimetre gun system were accurate.

    The A-10 gun attacks were made at various dive angles and from different open fire slant ranges.

    Passes were made against two different types of tanks: the Soviet Union designed T-62 main battle tank (used extensively by Warsaw Pact nations) and the U.S. Army M-48 battle tank.

    After attacks, both tanks were destroyed. The attacks were made in one and two second bursts.

    Results indicate, according to the Department of defense, that the A-10 and the Catling gun system provides never before achieved fighter aircraft gun capability against armoured targets.

    The A-10 is the first United States Air Force aircraft designed and built primarily to support friendly troops (mainly NATO forces) in combat. It can carry up to eight tons of external ordnance in addition to thirteen hundred and fifty rounds of thirty millimetre ammunition.

    SYNOPSIS: The United States Nellis air force Base in Nevada was the test range for a series of lethality experiments involving the A-10 aircraft and its thirty millimetre Gatling gun system recently.

    The first attack was mounted against a Soviet Union designed T-62 main battle tank, the type used by most Warsaw Pact nations.

    A two second burst was fired at the tank. Direct hits caused an explosion in the ignition of the tank's main gun ammunition....and the resulting fire.

    The second attack was against a U.S. army M-48 battle tank.

    This time it only took a one second burst of fire. The tank burned for one hour and was destroyed.

    The thirty millimetre gun system is the largest ever built into a modern Air Force fighter aircraft and U.S. officials claim it gives a never achieved before capability against armoured vehicles.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA63U2ZWXI0TBOSHBR1RICXSYF0
    Media URN:
    VLVA63U2ZWXI0TBOSHBR1RICXSYF0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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