Work to convert a Lockheed Martin MC-130J Combat Shadow II into the newest U.S. Air Force gunship variant is set to begin.
The Air Force Said the first MC-130J Combat Shadow II will air frame Undergo changes over a 10-month period at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
The resulting AC-130J will be used Ghostrider by the Air Force Special Operations Command for close air support of ground forces. Its weaponry will include the AC-II 130W Stinger's precision strike package, Which includes dual electro-optical infrared sensors, a 30mm cannon, missiles griffin, all-weather synthetic aperture radar and small diameter bomb capabilities.
"These new weapon systems and small diameter bombs Will Provide over-watch and further Top standoff distance to cover a WIDER ranks of space for our Warfighters on the ground," Said Shift. Stuart Menn, U.S. Special Operations Command Det. One order.
The Air Force MC-130J Said 37 prototypes will be modified Eventually as share of a $ 2.4 billion AC-130J program to grow the future fleet.