A quick look at the capabilities of the MC-12 intelligence aircraft


By Dario Leone
Nov 24 2017
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The MC-12W Liberty provides intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) to ground forces all over the world

As explained in the interesting video in this post the MC-12W Liberty provides intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) to ground forces all over the world.

The MC-12W, which is a military version of the Hawker Beechcraft Super King Air 350ER civilian turboprop, is not just an aircraft, but a complete collection, processing, analysis and dissemination system. Actually the MC-12 is part of a fully operational system that consists of a modified aircraft with sensors, a ground exploitation cell, line-of-sight and satellite communications datalinks, along with a robust voice communications suite.

The aircraft is equipped with an electro-optical infrared sensor and other sensors as the mission requires.

Medium- to low-altitude ISR is a core mission for USAF: the MC-12 capability in fact supports all aspects of the Air Force Irregular Warfare mission (counter insurgency, foreign internal defense and building partnership capacity).

Photo credit: Senior Airman Tiffany Trojca / U.S. Air Force

Source: U.S. Air Force

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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.

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