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Friday, February 13, 2015

AFSOC adding cannon to its new gunship

AC-130J GhostriderThe Air Force's new gunship is going to be a lot more powerful.

The AC-130J Ghostrider is in testing and expected to replace the service's current gunship fleet of AC-130H Spectres, AC-130W Stinger IIs and AC-130U Spookys. The new version already was planned to be outfitted with a precision strike package. But that wasn't enough for Air Force Special Operations Command.

"I want to have two guns," AFSOC Commander Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold told reporters Thursday at the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium here.

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