M242 Bushmaster 25mm Automatic Gun
The 25mm M242 Bushmaster cannon used on the Bradley Fighting Vehicle and a variety of land and sea vehicles. The Marine Corps carries this weapon on the Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) while the Navy carries it on many of its ocean-going vessels to deal with small attack craft.
The M242 25mm "Bushmaster" Chain Gun,
manufactured by McDonnell Douglas, has a single barrel with an
integrated dual-feed mechanism and remote ammunition selection. Either armor piercing (AP) or high explosive (HE) ammunition may be selected with the flick of a switch. The Gunner may select from single or multiple shot modes. The standard rate of fire is 200 rounds per minute, and has a range of 2,000 meters (depending on the ammunition used). A wide range of ammunition has been developed for this weapon, making it capable of defeating the majority of armored vehicles it is likely to encounter, up to and including some main battle tanks.
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Maintained by Robert Sherman
Originally created by John Pike
Updated Tuesday, January 05, 1999 8:43:32 AM