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WEAPONS & ARTILLERY SYSTEMS
30mm CANNON
TYPE 30 M 791
MISSION
The 30 M 791 cannon and its 30mm x 150
ammunition have been developed to arm the
Rafale. They provide unrivalled effectiveness
in air-to-air combat role.
The very high rate of fire, reached instantly,
along with the high muzzle velocity of the
ammunition enhance the first-round hit
probability. The semi-armour-piercing shell
provides an ideal trade-off between fragment
effects and blast effect of the explosive. The
30 M 791 cannon and its ammunition benefit
from the experience acquired with the family of the DEFA 30 M 550 cannon, featuring very high
capabilities. The gas-operated mechanism reduces the electrical power requirements.
TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS
Weight
120kg
recoil force
< 2,700daN
Average firing rate
2,500 rounds per minute
(21 rounds find representing 1kg of explosives in 0,5 s)
Firing modes
Limited (0.5s or 1s) or unlimited bursts
Ammunition
30mm x 150 with a 1A-1W safety primer
STATUS
In service on the Rafale aircraft.
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