USAF Gunship AC-130J Ghostrider Expected to Be Operational by 2017

The AC-130J Ghostrider is the latest iteration of the Air Force’s premiere gunship, and is being hailed as the ultimate battle plane.

Thirty-two AC-130J Ghostrider gunships are expected to be in the USAF by 2021 after their introduction in 2017. The airframe is manufactured by Lockheed Martin. The conversion into a gunship and aircraft support is managed by Boeing.

The payload
Precision-Guided Munitions
30 mm and 150 mm Cannons

Supporting ground troops
Escorting convoys
Urban operations