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Gunship Crews Practice Extra Vigilance Amid Jamming in Syria | Military.com

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The electronic jamming signals affecting AC-130gunships over Syria may have crews checking and cross-checking their data, including target information, before they lock on with their cannons, according to a top commander here.

“Whether that’s being man-made, or maybe it’s a mistake inside the airplane, it’s hard to say sometimes, but the process is, as you see those things pop up, the safety for the people on the ground is the primary concern,” said Col. Tom Palenske, commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing and installation commander here.

Military.com spoke with Palenske, a former Army UH-1H crew chief, while accompanying Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson on a tour of Air Force Special Operations Command this week.

The systems in the AC-130 “Spooky” have a built-in check in the software to test and translate the latest aircraft operating update back to the crew. Palenske said if the system “sees an anomaly,” it will flag it.

Source: Gunship Crews Practice Extra Vigilance Amid Jamming in Syria | Military.com

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