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[[File:A10gun1.jpg|thumb|left|GAU-8 closeup, showing the off-center mounting of the weapon and landing gear]]
 
[[File:A10gun1.jpg|thumb|left|GAU-8 closeup, showing the off-center mounting of the weapon and landing gear]]
   
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The gun is placed slightly off center in the nose of the plane with the front landing gear positioned to the right of the center line, so that the actively firing cannon barrel is directly on the aircraft's center line. The Russian [[Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-6-30]] is a similar class of weapon, although it is lighter with a higher fire rate, but has a lower muzzle velocity and overheats faster.
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The gun is placed slightly off center in the nose of the plane with the front [[landing gear]] positioned to the right of the center line, so that the actively firing cannon barrel is directly on the aircraft's center line. The Russian [[Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-6-30]] is a similar class of weapon, although it is lighter with a higher fire rate, but has a lower muzzle velocity and overheats faster.
   
 
The A-10 and its GAU-8/A gun entered service in 1977. It was produced by General Electric, though [[General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products]] has been responsible for production and support since 1997 when the division was sold by Lockheed Martin to General Dynamics.<ref name="vector"/>
 
The A-10 and its GAU-8/A gun entered service in 1977. It was produced by General Electric, though [[General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products]] has been responsible for production and support since 1997 when the division was sold by Lockheed Martin to General Dynamics.<ref name="vector"/>

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