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AC-130 Combat Video Footage
Military.com
December 18, 2002

Unconfirmed video from the war on terrorism. Infrared video footage reportedly shows US AC-130 gunship engaged in Afghanistan.

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    Equipment Guide: AC-130H/U Gunship

    Function: The AC-130 gunship's primary missions are close air support, air interdiction and force protection. Missions in close air support are troops in contact, convoy escort and urban operations. Air interdiction missions are conducted against preplanned targets or targets of opportunity. Force protection missions include air base defense and facilities defense. More ...

     
     General Characteristics, AC-130H/U Gunship

    Contractor:

    Boeing North American (AC-130U)

    Builder:

    Lockheed Aircraft Company

    Unit Cost:

    AC-130H, $52.29 million

    AC-130U, $81.1 million (fiscal 1998 constant dollars)

    Power Plant:

    Four Allison T56-A-15 turboprop engines

    Thrust:

    4,910 shaft horsepower each engine

    Length:

    97 feet, 9 inches (29.8 meters)

    Height:

    38 feet, 6 inches (11.7 meters)

    Wingspan:

    132 feet, 7 inches (40.4 meters)

    Maximum Take-off Weight:

    155,000 pounds (69,750 kilograms)


    Speed:

    300 mph (Mach .4) (at sea level)

    Ceiling:

    25,000 feet (7,576 meters)

    Range:

    Approximately 1,300 nautical miles; unlimited with air refueling


    Armament:

    AC-130H/U: 40mm cannon and 105mm cannon

    AC-130H: two 20mm guns

    AC-130U: 25mm gun


    Crew:

    AC-130H - Five officers (pilot, co-pilot, navigator, fire control officer, electronic warfare officer) and nine enlisted (flight engineer, TV operator, infrared detection set operator, loadmaster, five aerial gunners)

    AC-130U - Five officers (pilot, copilot, navigator, fire control officer, electronic warfare officer) and eight enlisted (flight engineer, TV operator, infrared detection set operator, loadmaster, four aerial gunners)

    Inventory:

    Active duty: AC-130H, 8

    AC-130U, 13

    Reserve, 0

    ANG, 0


    Date Deployed:

    AC-130H, 1972

    AC-130U, 1995


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