- The GAU-5A is a modified M4 carbine designed to keep aircrews alive in emergencies.
- The weapon was rebuilt to fit in the storage compartments of ejection seats.
- In emergencies, the GAU-5A can be used to ward off enemy search parties until rescue.
The U.S. Air Force developed a new assault rifle that breaks down into two pieces, allowing it to be stored in the ejection seat of modern jets. The GAU-5A carbine is designed to provide the firepower necessary for aircrew to defend themselves until rescue.