The AC-130H Spectre gunship's primary missions are close air support, air interdiction and armed reconnaissance. Other missions include perimeter and point defense, escort, landing, drop and extraction zone support, forward air control, limited command and control, and combat search and rescue.more...
These heavily armed aircraft incorporate side-firing weapons integrated with sophisticated sensor, navigation and fire control systems to provide surgical firepower or area saturation during extended periods, at night and in adverse weather.
During Vietnam, gunships destroyed more than 10,000 trucks and were credited with many life-saving close air support missions. AC-130s suppressed enemy air defense systems and attacked ground forces during Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada. This enabled the successful assault of Point Salines airfield via airdrop and airland of friendly forces.
The gunships had a primary role during Operation Just Cause in Panama by destroying Panamanian Defense Force Headquarters and numerous command and control facilities by surgical employment of ordnance in an urban environment. As the only close air support platform in the theater, Spectres were credited with saving the lives of many friendly personnel.
During Operation Desert Storm, Spectres provided air base defense and close air support for ground forces. AC-130s were also used during Operations Continue Hope and United Shield in Somalia, providing close air support for United Nations grou...
Heavily-armed gunship. Modified from a C-130 Hercules and a variant of the original AC-130H Spectre. Armed with a 1× 25 mm (0.984 in) 5-Barrel GAU-12/U Equalizer gatling gun, a 1× 40 mm L60 Bofors cannon and the mother, a 1× 105 mm (4.13 in) M102 howitzer. If this gunship is ever heading your way, your shit will be fucked.
Dude, in Call of Duty 4, I got to be the gun operator on an AC-130U Spooky. The 105 mm Howitzer took out 7 soliders at once!