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AC-130J Ghostrider  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 29 July 2015
Maiden Flight: December 2013
Total Production: 16
Also Known As: AC-130J Gunship
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Lockheed Martin
Parent System: C-130 Hercules
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1956
Maiden Flight: 23 August 1954
Total Production: 2,477
Total Cost: USD$25 billion
Family Members: AC-130U Spooky, C-130H Hercules, C-130J Super Hercules, C-130J-SOF, CC-130J Super Hercules, EC-130J Commando Solo, KC-130J Super Hercules, LM-100J, MC-130H Talon II, MC-130J Commando II, MC-130W Combat Spear and WC-130J
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Description: The Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules is a medium-size transport aircraft designed to operate from rough dirt strips. The first prototype, the YC-130A, maiden flight took place in 1954. The first model C-130A achieved initial operational capability in December1956 becoming thereafter the most important cargo transport aircraft of the free world. Since then, the C-130s had assumed a wide range of military tasks such as airlift, airdrop, reconnaissance, special operations, close air support, electronic warfare, air refueling, etc. The C-130 features an aft loading ramp and door and is able to accommodate a wide variety of oversized cargo, including everything from utility helicopters and six- to eight-wheeled armored vehicles to standard palletized cargo and military personnel. The Hercules can be configured to carry out different missions and re-configured to its original cargo transport mission.

To date, more than 2,400 C-130s in more than 70 variants to five basic models (A, B , E, H and J) have been produced for customers worldwide. In the first decade of 21st century the majority of C-130s in service belong to the E, H and J basic models introduced in the early 1960s, in the 1970s and late 1990s respectively. The US Air Force, Navy and Marines operate the C-130 aircraft as well as the air forces of 66+ other nations worldwide. The US Air Force plans to convert the surviving E and H models to the C-130AMP (Avionics Modernization Program) configuration beginning in 2007. AMP covers avionics modernization and some engine improvements to keep the fleet flying and serviceable well beyond 2020.

The AC-130J Gunship is a derivative of the MC-130J Commando Solo II special operations aircraft equipped with a precision strike package. The United States Air Force Special Operations Command has a requirement for up to 16 gunships with the first aircraft to planned to achieve the initial operational capability (IOC) in 2015. Lockheed Martin announced that the first MC-130J Commando Solo II to be converted into the AC-130J configuration was under construction in July 2012.

AC-130J Ghostrider Specifications

Number of Engines: 4
Propeller Blades: 6
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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AC-130J Ghostrider News

There are 9 news between
9 Jul 2012 and 12 Feb 2018
Monday, February 12, 2018Lockheed Martin Delivers 400th C-130J Super Hercules Aircraft
Thursday, September 21, 2017US Special Operations to Test Airborne HELLADS on AC-130 Gungship Aircraft in 2018
Wednesday, July 12, 2017US Special Operations Command Orders AC/MC-130J Electronic Warfare Systems
Monday, January 4, 2016BAE Systems Selected to Develop EW Suite for AC-130J and MC-130J Aircraft
Northrop Grumman Selected to Improve Survivability of US Air Force AC-130J and MC-130J Aircraft
Friday, July 31, 2015US Air Force Special Operations Command Takes Delivery of First AC-130J Ghostrider
Wednesday, February 12, 2014Rolls-Royce and Lockheed Martin Sign AE 2100D3 Engine Deal to Power Future C-130J Super Hercules
Wednesday, January 9, 2013First MC-130J to Be Converted into AC-130J Ghostrider Arrives at Eglin
Monday, July 9, 2012GAU-23 Cannon Cleared for Use on US Air Force AC-130W Gunships

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