CFD International’s External Gun Mount System (EGMS) has assisted U.S. Air Force CSAR Pave Hawk personnel to save lives since 2003. The system is stiff to yield low dispersion and get rounds on target. Reliability has continuously improved through years of field trials and design iterations. EGMS requires minimal maintenance. EGMS is compatible with our quick-release External Store System (ESS) for rockets, APKWS, HELLFIRE, fixed-forward large caliber weapons or most anything that can be mounted on a standard 14-inch NATO bomb rack.
The tactical tow plate – installed outside the body of the aircraft – allows the ability to mount both ammunition magazines and armament external to the cabin. This design provides added safety in the event of a mishap, frees up valuable internal cabin space, and allows the crew chief/gunner windows to be closed in inclement conditions. Rapid Reconfiguring – quickly change from .50 cal to 7.62 mm and back again, giving the mission commander maximum flexibility. EGMS can be fired by the pilot in fixed-forward mode, or crew-served by a gunner.
.50 cal Weapon Compatibility – provides for a greatly increased Weapon Engagement Zone (WEZ), thereby eliminating the WEZ gap while simultaneously increasing lethal reach well beyond 1,500 meters (up to 3x minigun range) providing a defensive capability against light armored vehicles, weapons emplacements and structures. High Capacity Magazines up to 6,000 rounds of 7.62mm or 1,200 rounds of .50 cal ammunition. Optional 14-inch NATO Bomb Rack Compatible Store – provides additional firepower without sacrificing significant field-of-fire as with an auxiliary armament wing.
CFD International (CFD) was founded in 1985 by the late Paul Sanderson, inventor of the original OMS, that is fielded and still flying after two and a half decades. The company focus is serving warfighters by providing premium weapon systems for helicopters. CFD provides the U.S. Government and foreign military allies with precision-engineered weapon system solutions emphasizing accuracy, reliability, durability and light weight. CFD has sold and fielded rocket and gun mounting systems for over 1,000 aircraft. In addition to mounts, CFD designs and manufactures two machine guns – the CFD M3D rapid fire 1,000 rpm .50 cal and the CFD LR30 low recoil 30mm cannon.