New Gun Meant to Defend Key Nuclear Facilities Shown Off in Oak Ridge

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) -- The latest in protective firepower was displayed at the federal government installation in Oak Ridge.

Officials fired a dozen 50-round bursts of ammo from the Dillon Aero Gatlin Gun, each one lasting barely a second.

Wackenhut Services demonstrated the weapon for the media and other guests at the Oak Ridge Central Training Facility.

The gun can fire 3,000 rounds per minute of 7.08-millimeter ammunition and is capable of taking down aircraft and defending key nuclear facilities from terrorist assaults.

The Gatlin guns and other new weapons have been added to the Oak Ridge arsenal in recent months to better protect the facilities, including the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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