The newly improved AC-130J gunship got to see combat in Afghanistan and spent 1,380 hours in the air within the first 130 days. Known as Ghostrider, the aircraft has become especially popular with SOCOM and other special operations troops. SOCOM is largely in charge of major decisions regarding the weapons systems and electronics used on the aircraft. Compared to the AC-130, the ‘J’ model has improved accuracy, new sensors, increased communication methods, and a new assortment of weapons. The 32 Ghostriders will be active by 2021, with the previous 37 models being retired.