Project CHECO Southeast Asia Report. PAVE AEGIS Weapon System (AC-130E Gunship)
PACIFIC AIR FORCES HICKAM AFB HI CHECO DIV
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Conceived in 1970, the PAVE AEGIS system went from concept to combat in little more than a year. The explosive power of the 105mm howitzer and the accuracy of the digital computer combined to make the AC-130E PAVE AEGIS equipped gunship a truly awesome weapon system. This report discusses the authorization, initial test, and combat employment of the system. Much of the data concerning the PAVE AEGIS project was obtained from the files of 7AF, 713AF, and the 16505, Ubon RTAFB. Additionally, interviews granted by the Commander, crew members, and support personnel of the 16th Special Operations Squadron were of great help. Without their assistance it would have been extremely difficult to relate the significant aspects of the PAVE AEGIS system to the operational environment in Southeast Asia SEA.
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