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CFD’s GAU-21/M3M Gun Cradle adds fast-firing .50 cal capability to the already fielded EGMS system. This incremental upgrade is significantly less expensive than alternatives. The gun cradle is compatible with the legacy EGMS pintle post, ammo box and booster motor. Like the legacy GAU-18/M2AC cradle, it can be fired by a gunner in the crew-served mode of operation, or locked in fixed-forward mode and fired by the pilot. The mode of operation is easily changed while in flight.