The Su-30SM advanced Flanker is getting a lot of press lately as it provides counter-air coverage for Russia’s forward-operating air base near Latakia in Syria. Now Russia is showing off the jet’s most simplistic of weapons, its fire-breathing 30mm cannon.
This is not a view you get very often. It’s the F-35A’s GAU-22/A 25mm internal cannon opened up for the world to see its mechanical firing process, including the barrels hydraulically spinning up, the low-observable gun door and the vent door popping open. And of course lots of smoke and flames.
The Civil War ended almost 150 years ago, and by today's standards the weapons used are old-fashioned and outdated. But don't for a second think that means they weren't incredibly lethal. Because it turns out a modern car is still no match for a Civil War-era cannon.