U.S. AC-130J, South Korean KF-16 Fire Hellfire Missiles, Drop Guided Bombs On Island Target | Aviation

The AC-130J was used in a Close Air Support role during a training mission with ROKAF KF-16s, which also dropped Paveway laser-guided bombs.

A USAF (U.S. Air Force) AC-130J Ghostrider gunship aircraft fired two AGM-114 Hellfire II missiles while a ROKAF (Republic of Korea Air Force) KF-16 dropped a Paveway laser-guided bomb at a small island feature during an exercise between the two militaries. The drill on Jun. 20, 2024, comes amid increasing tensions between the U.S.-South Korea alliance and North Korea.

As the video shows, the AC-130J Ghostrider is also carrying four GBU-39 SDBs (Small Diameter Bombs) on the outermost pylon of the right wing. The AGM-114 Hellfire IIs are carried in a similar arrangement, and then two are launched one after the other. The missiles then hit the hillock island.

The longer version of the video shows South Korean ground crews loading GBU-12/B Paveway II bombs onto a hardpoint on the left wing of the ROKAF KF-16. Two KF-16s are flying with the AC-130J in what appears to be a ground-attack strike package. More aerial assets not seen in the video are also part of the drill, as official descriptions reveal.

“U.S. AC-130J Ghostrider close air support gunship launch AGM-114 Hellfire II…”

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