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Armament of the flying fortress: the AC-130J aircraft launched AGM-114 Hellfire II missiles (video)

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun21,2024

Arming the flying fortress: an AC-130J aircraft launched AGM-114 Hellfire II missiles (video)

The military showed exciting footage of live fire during a joint operation by US forces with the Air Force of the Southern Korea, noting the AC-130J's ability to operate in low visibility conditions.

Recent US gunship training of the AC-130J “Ghostrider” fire support aircraft demonstrated its impressive capabilities. During one of the flights, the AC-130J launched two AGM-114 Hellfire II surface-to-air missiles, which accurately hit their target. The fascinating video was published by South Korean media on June 20.

The training took place as part of a joint operation with the South Korean Air Force, while the American gunship was accompanied by two F-16 fighters. In the video, an AC-130J can be seen firing two AGM-114 Hellfire II missiles in rapid succession over a small rock in the ocean. Missiles hit the target, demonstrating the accuracy of the aircraft's armament — ultimately both targets were successfully hit.

Role and equipment of the AC-130J

AC-130J “Ghostrider” — this is a heavily armed attack variant of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. Its main tactical role is to provide close air support for ground troops. The aircraft is equipped with a variety of armaments, including 30mm and 105mm cannons, as well as high-precision munitions such as AGM-176 Griffin missiles and GBU-39 small diameter bombs.

The aircraft has impressive endurance and is capable of operating in low-visibility conditions, including at night and in adverse weather.

According to the video, the AC-130J has undergone significant upgrades, including the installation of the AGM-114 Hellfire II missile and improved targeting systems. These systems include high-tech sensors that help accurately detect and hit targets even in difficult conditions.

AGM-114 Hellfire II

AGM-114 Hellfire II — it is an air-to-surface missile used primarily by the US military. It is widely used on helicopters, drones and airplanes. The Hellfire II is equipped with a semi-active laser guidance system that allows the missile to target a target illuminated by a laser pointer.

The missile can be equipped with the following types of warheads:

  • AGM-114K — tandem HEAT warhead for defeating armored vehicles;
  • AGM-114M — high-explosive fragmentation warhead for defeating soft targets and personnel;
  • AGM-114N — a warhead with a thermobaric charge.
Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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