Impressive Video shows AC-130J Ghostrider Gunship Simulating Airstrikes during Ex. Emerald Warrior 20-1

Impressive video features AC-130W Stinger II gunship firing its 30mm ATK GAU-23/A autocannon & 105mm M102 howitzer at Training Range

By Dario Leone
Sep 8 2020
Share this article

The cool video in this post shows a US Air Force (USAF) aerial gunners operating a 30mm ATK GAU-23/A autocannon and 105mm M102 howitzer onboard an AC-130W Stinger II gunship.

Taken on Aug. 11, 2020 the cool video in this post shows a US Air Force (USAF) aerial gunners operating a 30mm ATK GAU-23/A autocannon and 105mm M102 howitzer onboard an AC-130W Stinger II gunship conducting air operations in support of a maritime surface warfare exercise with the United Arab Emirates Joint Aviation Command forces over the Arabian Gulf.

Lessons learned from overseas contingency operations have modified the near-term needs of U.S. Special Operations Command and Special Operations Forces fire support requirements. In July 2007, the USSOCOM Commander declared the need to grow the gunship fleet.

Impressive video features AC-130W Stinger II gunship firing its 30mm ATK GAU-23/A autocannon & 105mm M102 howitzer at Training Range
This print is available in multiple sizes from AircraftProfilePrints.com – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS. AC-130U Spooky II 1st SOW, 4th SOS, 88-0163

The commander’s intent was not to replace current AC-130s, but rather to augment existing combat capability.

In May 2012, the MC-130W Dragon Spear was renamed the AC-130W Stinger II. The AC-130W Stinger II Project was developed to increase the precision fires capacity available for Overseas Contingency Operations. USSOCOM used proven rapid acquisition principles and combat proven technology to field the Precision Strike Package on the AC-130W Stinger II. It took less than 18 months from the first flight of a prototype modified aircraft to deployment to Operation New Dawn. AC-130W gunships have since been employed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Inherent Resolve.


Share this article

Dario Leone

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

Leave a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Share this article

Advertise

Share this article
Share this article

Always up to date! News and offers delivered directly to you!

Get the best aviation news, stories and features from The Aviation Geek Club in our newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox.



    Share this article
    Back to top