Two-Fisted Fighting for AC-130s

The C-130 gunship lab at Robins AFB is updating fire control systems to allow targeting two weapons simultaneously:

“The way they described it is ‘We want to be able to shoot the ant hill, and then kill all the ants as they leave the ant hill,'” said Steve Pollard, the lead C-130 gunship test engineer.

After months of work and close contact with combat flight crews about how they wanted it to work, software engineers in the 402nd Software Maintenance Group did just that. After testing it successfully in the lab, the new capability was put to use.

I didn’t realize that only one gun could be targeted at a time. It’s also unclear whether this upgrade is for the AC-130H, the AC-130U, or both.


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