For the fifth time in a row, we’re looking at Photo Of The Day: Minigun Monday.
Today we’re looking at a GAU-17/A Minigun manned by Sgt. Tanner Olson, a crew chief with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 as he engages simulated targets during training over the Philippine Sea, in June 2019.
The designation GAU-17/A belongs to the US Air Force (GAU-2B/A variant; optimized for flexible use, uses either an MAU-201/A or MAU-56/A delinking feeder.)
From Dillon Aero:
Our products are found on land, in the air, and at sea. Since its establishment, Dillon Aero has fielded more than 6,000 weapons systems in more than 30 countries. Since 2000, Dillon’s product line has grown to include high-capacity feed systems for the M134D as well as the M240, M60, PKM, .50 cal Heavy Machine Gun, and MK19 Grenade Launcher; a wide range of helicopter, naval, and vehicle weapon mounts; and a complete line of safety and support equipment for the Minigun.
Notably, the M134D is predominantly used in helicopters, and is now customizable to all military and commercial helicopters. As a modular system, it is easily adapted to any existing platform, and performs equally well in the Fixed Forward Fire or Crew Served modes. Dillon weapons, mounts, and ammunition handling systems have been integrated into 16 different rotary wing platforms totaling more than 817 separate aircraft installations.
Below: Video via YouTube and The Joint Forces Channel. Still photos can be great, but moving images and sound gives another dimension to the Minigun.
Sgt. Tanner Olson, a crew chief with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced) braces for maneuvers over the Philippine Sea, June 5, 2019. The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region.
All pictures are taken by U.S. Marine Corps, Lance Cpl. Kyle P. Bunyi.
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