Accession Number:

ADA492023

Title:

AC-130 Employment

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

3 The primary missions for the AC-130 are close air support, air interdiction, and armed reconnaissance. Other missions include perimeter and point defense, escort, landing, drop and extraction zone support, forward air control, limited command and control, and combat search and rescue. During the last few years, Marines have found the AC-130HU gunship to be the favored aircraft used for close air support. This is especially true for Operation Iraqi Freedom II, in which Marines found most of the fighting to be in urban settings. A few reasons for this favoritism include accurate and sustained firepower, time on station, and advanced optics. AC-130s carry a lethal mix of firepower that varies slightly depending on whether it is an AC-130H Spectre, or AC-130U Spooky model. Both models are equipped with a L60 40mm Bofors cannon capable of firing up to one hundred rounds per minute as well as a M102 105mm howitzer capable of shooting six to ten rounds per minute. Spectre models are equipped with two M61 20mm GAU-4 Vulcan cannons capable of firing four or six thousand rounds per minute, where the Spooky model3 The primary missions for the AC-130 are close air support, air interdiction, and armed reconnaissance. Other missions include perimeter and point defense, escort, landing, drop and extraction zone support, forward air control, limited command and control, and combat search and rescue. During the last few years, Marines have found the AC-130HU gunship to be the favored aircraft used for close air support. This is especially true for Operation Iraqi Freedom II, in which Marines found most of the fighting to be in urban settings. A few reasons for this favoritism include accurate and sustained firepower, time on station, and advanced optics. AC-130s carry a lethal mix of firepower that varies slightly depending on whether it is an AC-130H Spectre, or AC-130U Spooky model.

Subject Categories:

  • Transport Aircraft
  • Radio Communications

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE