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M61 Vulcan Sound – Aircraft Weapons SFX Library

The M61 Vulcan Sound is a sound of General Electric (currently General Dynamics) gatling-style rotary cannon. It fires 20 mm rounds at an extremely high rate (typically 6,000 rounds per minute). The M61 and its derivatives have been the principal cannon armament of United States for fifty years.

The United States Air Force’s F-14 Tomcat, F-15 Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon and F/A-18 Hornet typically mount it. Also the M61 is the basis of the US Navy Mk 15 Phalanx Close-in weapon system and the M163 VADS Vulcan Air Defense System.

Each of the cannon’s six barrels fires once in turn during each revolution of the barrel cluster. The multiple barrels provide both a very high rate of fire (around 100 rounds per second). And contribute to prolonged weapon life by minimizing barrel erosion and heat generation. Most aircraft versions of the M61 are hydraulically driven and electrically primed. A hydraulic drive motor through a system of flexible drive shafts rotate the gun rotor, barrel assembly and ammunition feed system.

The M61 Vulcan sound consists of the firing start sound – [START] file, [LOOP] audio file 10 seconds long and the ending file – [END], which should be played at the end of the shooting. The Aircraft Weapons SFX Library includes 51 audio files.

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