Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
  1. Galaxy Star Projector Amazon
    09:43 Deals

    This awesome $32 gadget went viral on TikTok and now Amazon shoppers are obsessed

  2. How To Save Money On Your Cable Bill
    15:37 Deals

    Your cable company is furious that we’re telling you about this $59 box on Amazon

  3. Best Kitchen Gadgets
    08:33 Deals

    Amazon shoppers are obsessed with this $23 gadget that should be in every kitchen

  4. Amazon Gift Card
    07:58 Deals

    $25 in free Amazon credit beats any Prime Day deal – here’s how to get it

  5. Prime Day Deals
    07:58 Deals

    Amazon has 10 new early Prime Day deals you need to see to believe

Watch the military’s new trillion-dollar fighter jet test its cannons for the first time

July 24th, 2015 at 4:24 PM
F-35 25mm Cannon Live Fire Video

The F-35 fighter is one expensive military project, but the stealth plane should become a primary weapon for the U.S. and its allies soon. Sure, some recent reports suggested the sophisticated fighter might not be able to beat the plane it’s replacing in a fight. But hey, it’s still fun to watch an official video that shows us one of the F-35’s weapons being tested for the first time.

DON’T MISS: iPhone 6s: Leak gives us our first look at the new iPhone’s face

On June 9th, the F-35A shot its first salvos from the 25mm GAU-22/A gatling gun that’s cleverly hidden in the wing. The gun fires 55-rounds per second either at a target in the air or on the ground.

“As an Air Force pilot, it’s going to be one more thing that I can select to either strafe air-to-ground targets or shoot as an air-to-air weapon,” Maj. Andrew Rollins of the 461st Flight Test Squadron said.

However, one of the problems with the rate of fire of the cannon is that the pilot has to be very creative when pressing the trigger. The plane can only hold one 220-round magazine, which can be depleted in four seconds on the F-35.

One of the advantages of the gun is that it uses 25mm shells rather than 20mm shells as found on previous-generation aircraft, including the F-16, F-15E and F-15C.

The video below also shows an F-35 jet testing its cannon on the ground in a stationary position, without the engines running, Business Insider noted, which is hardly how the gun will be used in combat.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Popular News