During Emerald Warrior 20-1 USAF Special Tactics operators worked with French JTACs to direct AC-130J Ghostrider simulated airstrikes at Grayling Range, Michigan.
Taken on Jan. 29, 2020 the impressive video in this post shows US Air Force (USAF) AC-130J Ghostrider gunship simulating airstrikes during Exercise Emerald Warrior 20-1.
During Emerald Warrior 20-1 USAF Special Tactics operators worked with French joint terminal attack controllers (JTACs) to direct AC-130J Ghostrider simulated airstrikes at Grayling Range, Michigan.
Emerald Warrior 20-1 provided annual, realistic pre-deployment training encompassing multiple joint operating areas to prepare special operations forces, conventional force enablers, partner nations, and interagency elements to integrate with, and execute full spectrum special operations in an arctic climate, sharpening U.S. forces’ abilities to operate around the globe.
The AC-130J is a highly modified C-130J aircraft that contains many advanced features. It contains an advanced two-pilot flight station with fully integrated digital avionics. The aircraft is capable of extremely accurate navigation due to the fully integrated navigation systems with dual inertial navigation systems and global positioning system. Aircraft defensive systems and color weather radar are integrated as well. The aircraft is capable of air refueling with the Universal Air Refueling Receptacle Slipway Installation system.
Additionally, the AC-130J is modified with the Precision Strike Package, which includes a mission management console, robust communications suite, two electro-optical/infrared sensors, advanced fire control equipment, precision guided munitions delivery capability as well as trainable 30mm and 105mm weapons. The mission management system fuses sensor, communication, environment, order of battle and threat information into a common operating picture.
The AC-130J is the fourth generation gunship replacing the aging fleet of AC-130U/W gunships. AC-130 gunships have an extensive combat history dating to back to Vietnam where gunships destroyed more than 10,000 trucks and were credited with many life-saving, close air support missions. Over the past four decades, AC-130s have deployed constantly to hotspots throughout the world in support of special operations and conventional forces. In South America, Africa, Europe and throughout the Middle East, gunships have significantly contributed to mission success.