General Electric GAU-8/A Avenger

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General Electric GAU-8/A Avenger - 30x173mm
General Electric GAU-8/A Avenger - 30x173mm

The GAU-8A Avenger is a seven-barrelled, 30mm rotary cannon mounted underneath the American Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack aircraft. It was developed by General Electric in the 1970s and has gained a reputation as one of the largest, heaviest and most powerful aircraft cannons in the world. The gun itself weighs 280 kg, but the complete weapon system including a full 1,174 round ammunition drum and feed system weighs in at 1,828 kg, and is over 6 meters in length.

Obviously Hollywood Movie armorers don't own or use the GAU-8/A Avenger cannon, as it is only ever internally mounted within A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft or within Goalkeeper close-in weapon systems. The only appearances of the real gun are when the U.S. military assists the movie production or when stock footage is used. The vast majority of A-10 Thunderbolts in film are now computer generated creations as are their GAU-8/A cannons, but for informational purposes we are listing these appearances here, since that is what the gun was intended to be.

The GAU-8/A Avenger cannon has appeared in the following:

Contents

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Courage Under Fire USAF pilots 1996
Jarhead USAF pilots 2005
Transformers USAF pilots 2007
Terminator Salvation Human resistance pilots 2009
Battle: Los Angeles 2011
Resident Evil: Damnation USAF pilots 2012
Iron Sky USAF pilots 2012
World War Z USAF pilots 2013
Rampage U.S. Air Force mounted on A-10 Thunderbolt II planes 2018

Anime

Title Characters Notation Date
Najica Blitz Tactics "Mission: 008 - The Sky of the Desire Appears with the Flame by the Battle" 2001


Video Games

Game Title Referred as Mods Notation Date
Operation Flashpoint 2001
Conflict: Desert Storm 2002
Rise of Nations Seen on the Eagle Fighter unit 2003
Battlefield 2 2005
Project Reality 2005
Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation 2007
ArmA: Armed Assault 2007
World in Conflict 2007
ArmA II 2009
Medal of Honor Unusable 2010
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon 2011
Battlefield 3 Usable in multiplayer only 2011
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Unusable 2011
Operation Flashpoint: Red River 2011
Saints Row: The Third 2011
Battlefield 4 2013
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) 2019
Ghost Recon Breakpoint Mounted on Behemoth drones in the game. 2019


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