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AC-130J Ghostrider

Commandos Buying Thousands of Small Missiles That Pack A Bigger Punch Than Hellfires

Posted by Paul McLeary on


As counterterrorism missions show no signs of slowing down and civilian casualties always a worry, the commando command is turning to a light, guided munition to chase down fast-moving targets.

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AC-130 To Get Laser Guns & Air-Launched Drones: Heithold

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Lt. Gen. Brad Heithold, the head of Air Force Special Operations Command, wants to make the AC-130 a kind of flying aircraft carrier, launching mini-drones mid-flight to scope out threats and targets. Oh, and he wants the AC-130 to have a laser cannon as well. Speaking to the Association of Old Crows’ annual conference on electronic… Keep reading →

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AFSOC Rebuilds Air Breathing Fleet Under New CO, Lt. Gen. Heithold

Posted by Richard Whittle on


Still in his first year as leader of Air Force Special Operations Command, Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold has lots of plans, but they no longer include replacing AFSOC’s U-28A manned surveillance aircraft with MC-12W Liberty spy planes. “There was discussion about moving to the Liberty birds,” Heithold told an audience at the Air Force Association… Keep reading →

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Ghostrider’s Big Gun: AC-130J Gets 105 ASAP; Laser Later

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Sometimes smart bombs aren’t the smart choice. Sometimes you just need a big bad flying gun. That’s why the aging AC-130 gunship is still revered by ground troops for its ability to fire a 105mm cannon — a weapon normally mounted on light tanks. That’s why the head of Air Force Special Operations Command, Lt.… Keep reading →

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