The US Air Force recently brought their AC-130J gunship to Australia for military exercises, marking the first time this gunship has been in Australia since its introduction in the 1960s. This move was part of Exercise Teak Action and showcased the collaboration between US and Australian forces in flight operations and tactics.
- The Australian military held the Talisman Sabre exercise involving 13 countries, and just prior to this, the US introduced the AC-130 gunship in Australia during Exercise Teak Action.
- While in Australia, the US Air Force Special Operations Command’s 23rd Special Tactics Squadron and their AC-130Js coordinated with US and Australian Combat Control teams for various training scenarios.
- The AC-130, introduced in the late 1960s and having various versions over time, has been utilized in many regions worldwide. The recent activity in Australia might hint at a potential base in the region, especially if tensions with China intensify.
- The AC-130 is renowned for its close air support, flying slowly over targets and delivering precise munitions; however, its slow speed makes it vulnerable unless air superiority is established.
- To remain relevant against formidable adversaries like Russia or China, the US Air Force is considering upgrades to the AC-130, adding advanced countermeasures and weaponry suitable for modern combat scenarios.