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AFSOC's Ghostrider to declare IOC this month

September 20, 2017 |
Rachel Karas
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The AC-130J Ghostrider program will reach initial operational capability this month and will enter combat in about two years, according to the head of Air Force Special Operations Command. The J-model gunship will fly close-air support and armed reconnaissance missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria and replace other AC-130 variants through fiscal year 2021. AFSOC now has 10 AC-130J aircraft and plans to procure 37 in total, Lt. Gen. Brad Webb said Sept. 19. "We're going to have gunships in...

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