GAU-53 70mm rotary cannon

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GAU-53 70mm medium-bore heavy rotary cannon
The M8C Grindell/Galilean Nonlinear Cannon mounted on the G79H-TC Pelican in Halo 4.
A GAU-53 rotary cannon (left) mounted on the nose of a G79H-TC Pelican gunship, alongside an M8C Grindell/Galilean Nonlinear Cannon (right).
Production overview


Rotary machine gun


Ammunition type:

70mm ammunition[1]


The GAU/53 70mm multiple barrel heavy rotary cannon (MBHRC)[2] is an anti-personnel/vehicle, triple-barrelled weapon in service with the United Nations Space Command.[1][3]


Design details[edit]

The GAU/53 is a triple-barrelled rotary cannon, capable of firing a fully-automatic barrage of 70mm ammunition.[4]


Two of these autocannons are mounted below the nose of the D79-TC Pelican and its gunship variant,[3][5][6] alongside the D81WP Condor.[7] However, unlike the standard class, the Pelican gunship variant is only armed with one mounted autocannon.[4] The autocannons are mounted on a gimble on the Pelicans to allow them to rotate with ease.[8]


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide, chapter Vehicles, page 112-113
  2. ^ Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide, page 229
  3. ^ a b Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 149
  4. ^ a b Halo 4, G79H-TC Pelican in-game unit
  5. ^ Halo Waypoint, Halo 4 Interactive Guide - Vehicles: Pelican (Retrieved on May 1, 2013) [local archive] [external archive]
  6. ^ Halo Waypoint, Pelican (Retrieved on Jun 30, 2021) [archive]
  7. ^ Halo Waypoint, Condor (Retrieved on Jun 30, 2021) [archive]
  8. ^ Halo Waypoint, Halo 4 Weapon and Vehicle Renders (Retrieved on Jul 20, 2014)