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Lockheed AC-130 Pave Spectre Military Aircraft

The Lockheed/Boeing AC-130 gun-ships were first used in combat during the Vietnam War where they are claimed to have destroyed in excess of 10,000 trucks, the AC-130H Pave Spectre and the newer AC-130U Spooky are the gunship versions currently in service with US military forces. The AC-130H Pave Spectre is a joint venture by Lockheed and Boeing, it is based on Lockheed's C-130 Hercules airframe with the addition of heavy side firing armament with fire control by a combination of radar, video and infrared sensors.

Lockheed AC-130 Pave Spectre Military Aircraft


The AC-130H Pave Spectre is able to supply long duration targeted firepower or area saturation based on accurate navigation data provided by both an inertial navigation system and a Satellite Global Positioning system. AC-130 gunships have been deployed by the US in Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Somalia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo, Albania, Iraq and Afghanistan.

AC-130H Pave Spectre Specifications:

  • Crew: Pilot, co-pilot, navigator, fire control officer, electronic warfare officer, flight engineer, TV operator, infrared detection set operator, loadmaster, four aerial gunners.
  • Length: 97 ft 9 in (29.8 m)
  • Wingspan: 132 ft 7 in (40.4 m)
  • Height: 38 ft 6 in (11.7 m)
  • Wing area: 531.824 ft (162.1 m)
  • Max loaded weight: 155,000 lb (70,308 kg)
  • Engines: Four 4,508 shp (3,362 kW) Allison T56-A-15 turboprops
  • Maximum speed: 362 mph (583 km/h)
  • Range: 2,238 mi (3,600 km)
  • Service ceiling: 18,000 ft (5,485 m)

AC-130H Pave Spectre Armament:

  • Twin 20 mm M61A1 six-barrelled, 6000 rounds per minute, link-less feed Vulcan cannon
  • Single L60 40 mm, 120 rounds per minute, Bofors cannon
  • Single 105 mm (4.13 in) M102 Howitzer

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