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Monday, April 19, 2021

Air Force responds to reports that its newest gunship is having problems with its big guns | Air Force Times

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect responses provided to Air Force Times by Air Force Special Operations Command.

The 30mm cannon on the Air Force’s next gunship is having multiple problems, limiting its ability to track targets and maintain a full and consistent rate of fire, according to a new Pentagon report.

But Air Force Special Operations Command said the issues highlighted by Pentagon investigators are either being addressed or aren’t a major problem, and that the AC-130J Ghostrider is on the right track.

“This aircraft has already performed well beyond expectations,” AFSOC spokesman Lt. Col. Pete Hughes said in an email Feb. 1. “None of the observations noted are show stoppers.”

Air Force leadership has championed the Ghostrider as “the ultimate battle plane,” and “a bomb truck with guns.”

With its two cannons, a slate of precision-guided munitions — which could include the Hellfire missile in the future — and ambitions to eventually add small drones and even a laser weapon, the Ghostrider is planned to be the most heavily armed gunship in history.

Source: Air Force responds to reports that its newest gunship is having problems with its big guns | Air Force Times

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