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Lt. Gen. Marshall Webb: Air Force to Declare AC-130J Gunship Initial Operating Capability Soon

Lt. Gen. Marshall Webb, commander of the Air Force Special Operations Command, has said the U.S. Air Force expects to achieve initial operating capability for the Lockheed Martin-built AC-130J Ghostrider gunship this month, DoD Buzz reported Wednesday.

Webb told reporters Tuesday at the annual Air Force Association conference that he expects the service branch to wait a couple more years before deploying the heavily-armed ground-attack aircraft to a conflict zone.

He added the current pace of combat operations in some Middle East countries could affect training of AC-130J gunship operators.

The service branch currently owns 10 Ghostrider units and looks to procure a total of 37 Lockheed-built gunships, the report noted.

AC-130J is primarily designed for close air support, armed reconnaissance and air interdiction missions.

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