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The most com­mon armed ver­sions of the Huey have been cov­ered ear­lier in this is­sue, but there were many ex­per­i­men­tal sys­tems aimed at in­creas­ing the fire­power of the he­li­copter in both attack and de­fence. Some of th­ese in­cluded some sur­pris­ingly heavy weapons for a he­li­copter and re­quired ex­ten­sive mod­i­fi­ca­tions.

US Army Avi­a­tion Mu­seum

Other ar­ma­ment ex­per­i­ments in­cluded sev­eral dif­fer­ent mounts for 20mm can­non, two of which are seen here on UH-1BS in 1965. A strength­ened floor was fit­ted to the pre-pro­duc­tion YUH-1B to test mounts for heavy weapons.two ex­am­ples are shown here, a drum fed 20mm Oer­likon can­non, and the six bar­relled 20mm M61 Vul­can can­non, ca­pa­ble of 2400 rounds per minute.

US Army Avi­a­tion Mu­seum

The XM30 was an ex­per­i­men­tal sys­tem fea­tur­ing fully flex­i­ble faired in mounts for two XM140 30mm can­nons, seen here in for­ward fir­ing and fully de­flected po­si­tions. Each gun had 600 rounds stored in the cabin.

US Army Avi­a­tion Mu­seum

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