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America’s New AC-130J Ghostrider Gunship Is a Beast | The National Interest

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The 30mm cannon in particular “almost like a sniper rifle. … It’s that precise, it can pretty much hit first shot, first kill,” then-1st SOW commander Col. Tom Palenske told Millitary.com back in 2017, adding that the Ghostrider is “going to [be] the most lethal, with the most loiter time, probably the most requested weapons system from ground forces in the history of warfare.”

Brace yourselves: the Air Force’s newest gunship is officially on the prowl downrange.

The AC-130J Ghostrider gunship flew its first combat mission in Afghanistan in late June, deploying to relieve the AC-130U Spooky aircraft following the latter’s final combat sorties, an Air Force Special Operations Command spokesman confirmed to The War Zone on Wednesday.

Source: America’s New AC-130J Ghostrider Gunship Is a Beast | The National Interest

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