May 23, 2014

SOCOM Soon Getting More Capable, Deadlier Ospreys and C-130s

US Special Operations Command fixed-wing fleet will add a forward-facing gun and better armor to its 50 CV-22 Ospreys and, Hellfire missiles to the AC-130 fleet, along with new command and control and radio frequency jammers and countermeasures to both platforms that can be rolled on and rolled off, depending on the mission.
After three of AFSOC’s Ospreys were shot up over Juba, South Sudan in December, resulting in the injuries of four Marines on board, the command realized that the birds needed better armor.
SOCOM leadership is also working on beefing up the firepower on the aircraft, testing new forward-firing weapons that it wants to put in place by the end of this year.

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