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Air Force Special Forces Request budget to modify AC-130W with a combat laser for 2018 |NextBigFuture

Air Force Special Forces Request budget to modify AC-130W with a combat laser for 2018 |NextBigFuture

US Special Operations Command has requested funding from the Defense Department for fiscal year 2018 budget to begin modifying an AC-130 gunship for a high energy laser capability.

If approved for the budget, Air Force Special Operations Command anticipates the service could begin the modifications as early as Fiscal 2020 on an AC-130W currently used backup aircraft inventory at Cannon AFB, New Mexico, an AFSOC spokesman told FlightGlobal. Millions of dollars have already been set aside for the ground and flight testing, AFSOC chief Lt Gen Brad Webb says.

Source: Next Big Future: Air Force Special Forces Request budget to modify AC-130W with a combat laser for 2018