HomeAbout UsFact SheetsDisplay

AC-130W Stinger II

AC-130W

AC-130W

Mission
The AC-130W Stinger II primary missions are close air support and air interdiction. Close air support missions include troops in contact, convoy escort and point air defense. Air interdiction missions are conducted against preplanned targets or targets of opportunity and include strike coordination and reconnaissance. 

Features 
The aircraft is a highly modified C-130H featuring improved navigation, threat detection, countermeasures, and communication suites. All AC-130W aircraft are modified with a precision strike package to perform the gunship mission.

Modifications to the AC-130W include a mission management console, communications suite, two electro-optical/infrared sensors, fire control equipment, precision guided munitions delivery capability; and one side-firing, trainable 30mm gun with tracer-less ammunition and associated munitions storage system. The mission management system will fuse sensor, communication, environment, order of battle and threat information into a common operating picture. The AC-130W Stinger II Precision Strike Package modification provides ground forces an expeditionary, persistent direct fires platform that delivers precision low-yield munitions, ideally suited for close air support and urban operations.

Background 
Lessons learned from overseas contingency operations have modified the near-term needs of U.S. Special Operations Command and Special Operations Forces fire support requirements. In July 2007, the USSOCOM Commander declared the need to grow the gunship fleet. The commander's intent was not to replace current AC-130s, but rather to augment existing combat capability.

In May 2012, the MC-130W Dragon Spear was renamed the AC-130W Stinger II. The AC-130W Stinger II Project was developed to increase the precision fires capacity available for Overseas Contingency Operations. USSOCOM used proven rapid acquisition principles and combat proven technology to field the Precision Strike Package on the AC-130W Stinger II. It took less than 18 months from the first flight of a prototype modified aircraft to deployment to Operation New Dawn. AC-130W gunships have since been employed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Inherent Resolve.

General characteristics 
Contractor: Lockheed
Power plant: four Allison T56-A-15 turboprops
Thrust: Thrust 4,300 shaft horsepower each engine 
Speed: 300 mph 
Ceiling: 28,000 feet
Maximum takeoff weight: 155,000 pounds 
Range: 2,500 nautical miles; limited by crew duty day with air refueling
Crew: two pilots, two combat system officers, flight engineer, two special mission aviators
Armament: 30mm GAU-23 Cannon, standoff precision guided munitions, GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb
Date deployed: MC-130W with PSP November 2010 
Unit cost: AC-130W, $122 million
Inventory: active duty, 12; Reserve/ANG

(Current as of January 2016)

POC:
AFSOC Public Affairs, AFSOC.PA.ORG@us.af.mil(850) 884-5515


 

Engage

Facebook Twitter
RT @PACAF: #Snow isn't much of an issue for us here in #Hawaii; however, if a #blizzard ever comes our way we know some hard-working #Airme
RT @LukeAFB: Even as the sun sets 🌅 the 63rd AMU maintainers are working hard to ensure the success of the mission! #goldenhour #aviation
💻 High Tech + Air Force = Oh, yes .@Travis60AMW has a tool that captures digital info, which renders 3D images of… https://t.co/N3iQ25ic0m
.@GenDaveGoldfein on U.S. Space Force: “This new, powerful service is being built upon a foundation of trust and c… https://t.co/v3HYcekA4a
RT @USAFHealth: For the past 18 years of war the Air Force has excelled at saving lives. Ground Surgical Teams extend the operational capab…
RT @HQ_AFMC: The difference in driving ability between those who train on the simulator before driving and those who don’t is “mind-blowing…
RT @HQAirUniversity: The LeMay Center announces the revision of Annex 3-30, Command and Control. Includes discussions on COMAFFOR/JFACC int…
RT @HiAirGuard: The Hawaii Air National Guard (HIANG) will be hosting a Sentry Aloha fighter exercise beginning Wednesday, Jan. 8, and will…
Let it burn 🔥 As a part of the @20FighterWing Natural Resource program to reduce hazardous fuels and prevent future… https://t.co/ngeaftRiAq
RT @AFResearchLab: At its core, the @usairforce runs on the skill of its airmen. The 711th Human Performance Wing strives to advance the sa…
🐺🌕 Viewing this weekend's #WolfMoon? .@KunsanAirBase's Wolf Pack maintains readiness for air interdiction, close a… https://t.co/gwE9A39zkU
Meet the recently commissioned Airman on track to become the first ever female Muslim Chaplain in the Department of… https://t.co/PtSmyP1Iqz
.@ABCSharkTank, anyone? The Air Force Spark Tank announced its 2020 selectees. 6 Airmen were selected to present… https://t.co/SAR8cLBPzc
RT @HQ_AFMC: A 413th Flight Test Squadron HH-60W hangs in the anechoic chamber at the Joint Preflight Integration of Munitions & Electronic…
Congrats to the all-female team that won Aviano Air Base's weapons loading competition! The team wore navy blue c… https://t.co/FKhAnKHgNO
RT @AirNatlGuard: “Assessments like this help prepare our Airmen to be ready as first responders." @149FW https://t.co/bCar4aVMfX
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: Today we recognize our #Defenders. I could not be more proud to serve with you. Thank you for keeping our #Airmen, res…
#ThrowbackThursday Operation Bolo was one of the most active air engagements in the Vietnam conflict.… https://t.co/Iu6HgKEvsi
As the Department of the Air Force enters a new age with two separate services, the leadership of @GenDaveGoldfeinhttps://t.co/5CqFgKRKHB