M230 Chain Gun

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Hughes/Alliant Techsystems M230 chain gun - 30x113mm B
Hughes/Alliant Techsystems M230 chain gun - 30x113mm B
Hughes/Alliant Techsystems M230 chain gun - 30x113mm B

The M230 Chain gun is the 30mm Autocannon commonly mounted underneath the American AH-64 Apache Helicopter Gunship. It was originally developed by Hughes, but is now manufactured by Alliant Techsystems. It has been in production and in use by the American Military since 1975 and is still in use today, most notably as the gun mounted just underneath the nose of the famous AH-64 gunship.

Obviously Hollywood Movie armorers don't own or use the M230 30mm Chain gun, as it is always seen mounted under an AH-64 helicopter gunship. The only appearances of the real gun are when the U.S. military assists the movie production, as in the film Fire Birds, or when stock footage is used. The vast majority of AH-64 gunships in film are now computer generated creations as are their M230 guns, but for informational purposes, we are listing the real weapon here, since that is what the gun is supposed to be.

The M230 Chain Gun and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:



Title Actor Character Note Date
Deal of the Century Seen unmounted at arms show 1983
Fire Birds Mounted on AH-64 1990
Toy Soldiers prop firing weapon mounted on actual weapon. 1991
In the Army Now Mounted on AH-64 1994
Supreme Sanction Mounted on AH-64; Footage from Fire Birds 1999
Dreamcatcher Mounted on AH-64 2003
Alone in the Dark Mounted on AH-64 2005
Dragon Wars: D-War Mounted on AH-64 2007
The Kingdom Mounted on AH-64 2007
The Spirit Fictional multi-barreled configuration 2008
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Mounted on AH-64 2009
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Mounted on AH-64 2013
Cockneys vs. Zombies Mounted on AH Mk 1 Apaches. 2012
SEAL Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden Mounted on AH-64 in stock footage 2012
G.I. Joe: Retaliation Mounted on AH-64 2013
Lone Survivor Mounted on AH-64 2014
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Mounted on AH-64, footage from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2016
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Mounted on AH-64 2016
Godzilla Resurgence Mounted on Fuji AH-64DJP Apaches 2016


Title Actor Character Note Date
JAG - Season 1 Mounted on AH-64; Footage from Fire Birds, "Scimitar" (S1E09) 1995
Lock 'n Load With R. Lee Ermey mounted on AH-64, "Helicopters" (S1E05) 2009
Future Weapons mounted on AH-64, also attached to CROWS 2009
24 - Season 8 mounted on AH-64, "11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M." (S8E19). 2010
Sanctuary "Monsoon" (S04E04); Dual mounted in the nose of a private jet 2012

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Enemy Engaged: Apache/Havoc On AH-64 Apache 1998
Half-Life On AH-64 Apache 1998
Steel Beasts Non-playable 2000
Conflict: Desert Storm 2002
Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War On AH-64 Apache 2004
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas On AH-64 Apache 2004
Battlefield 2 On AH-64 Apache 2005
Project Reality On AH-64 Apache 2005
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories On AH-64 Apache 2006
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter On AH-64 Apache 2006
Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation On AH-64 Apache 2007
World in Conflict 2007
Battlefield: Bad Company On AH-64 Apache 2008
America's Army 3 Non-playable 2009
ArmA II 2009
Medal of Honor On AH-64 Apache 2010
Homefront On AH-64 Apache 2011
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon On AH-64 Apache 2011
Battlefield Play4Free 2011
Batman: Arkham City Mounted on PMC helicopters and used as sentry guns 2011
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 On AH-64 Apache 2011
Serious Sam 3: BFE On AH-64 Apache 2011
Black Mesa Non-playable 2012
Arctic Combat 2012
Far Cry 3 Mounted on Black Hawk helicopters 2012
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Mounted on Hammerhead helicopters 2013


Character Title Note Date
Army pilots Sonic X 2003-2005
Black Organization pilot Case Closed: The Raven Chaser 2009
NATO pilots Cat Planet Cuties 2010

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