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MC-130J to AC-130J Conversions - The most fearsome weapon is evolving
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 12:23

Source:: Raquel Sanchez
Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs

January 9, 2013 - HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFNS) -- The first MC-130J Commando II to be converted into Air Force Special Operations Command's newest variant of the gunship, the AC-130J Ghostrider arrived at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Modifications to the airframe will be completed in 10 months and will be a milestone in the recapitalization of the AC-130H/U fleet.

The AC-130J Ghostrider will inherit the AC-130W Stinger II's precision strike package, which was developed in a coordinated effort with the Naval Surface Warfare Center  Dahlgren Division to support ground forces in overseas contingency operations. The precision strike package includes dual electro-optical infrared sensors, a 30-mm cannon, griffin missiles, all-weather synthetic aperture radar and small diameter bomb capabilities. The sensors allow the gunship to visually or electronically identify friendly ground forces and targets at any time, even in adverse weather.

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