U.S. Special Operations Is Upgrading Its Gunships And Airlifters

The AC-130J Ghostrider provides close air support, special-operations armed airborne reconnaissance, and ordnance delivery to precise targets in support of ground forces. Air Force/Courtesy photo

Business Insider: US Special Operations Command is upgrading its gunships

* US Special Operations Command recently awarded a $700 million contract for countermeasure systems for its AC-130J gunships and MC-130J airlifters.
* The AC-130J provides close air support and the MC-130J is mainly an infiltration and refueling aircraft, and the upgrades will allow them to better fend off enemy radar and missiles.

The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) will be upgrading its fleet of AC-130J Ghostrider and MC-130J Commando II aircraft with the addition of countermeasures systems against air and ground threats.

Last week, SOCOM awarded Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) a $700,000,000 contract for the development and procurement of Radio Frequency Countermeasure (RFCM) systems. The RFCM system upgrades will enhance the aircraft’s ability to fend off enemy radar detection and missiles from both the air and land. The countermeasure systems, moreover, will help the aircraft identify threats more effectively and also bolster its geolocation capabilities.


WNU Editor: The upgrade is to better fend off enemy radar and missiles.

Author: Anchorman

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