New countermeasures for USAF AC-130J, MC-130J

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has been contracted to develop and deliver new radio frequency countermeasure (RFCM) systems for the US Special Operations Command’s (USSOCOM) AC-130J and MC-130J fleets.

The deal – worth US$700m – was awarded to the US-based company on July 1 by the US Department of Defense (DoD). The system will be manufactured and integrated onto the aircraft, which are operated by the US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC).

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An AC-130J Ghostrider fixed-wing gunship sits on the flightline at Hurlburt Field, Florida, in June 2016. The USAF's AC-130J and MC-130J fleets will receive the new RFCM systems. USAF/A1C Isaac Guest 

It will provide further protection for AC-130J Ghostrider and MC-130J Commando II aircrews from air- and land-based enemy radar and missile systems. As part of the contract, SNC will also provide RFCM system engineering services, logistics support and spare parts.

AirForces Intelligence data shows that, as of July 5, the USAF operates a total of 18 Lockheed Martin AC-130J Ghostrider fixed-wing gunships and 44 MC-130J Commando II tactical transport aircraft, with more examples of both types being delivered.