first published on January 22, 2019 by Josh
Sometimes you have to bring your own brand of fear and terror to war. When you are fighting an enemy that hides among the local population and will literally kill themselves to get to you, you have to fight back in a way that is even more terrifying. The Lockheed AC-130 is the exact weapon system to provide the type of fire support needed to accomplish this objective.
For those not in the loop, the Lockheed AC-130 gunship is a heavily armed, long-endurance ground-attack variant of the C-130 Hercules transport fixed-wing aircraft. It is capable of providing fire support to troops on the ground through a series of weapon systems that are integrated perfectly with a sophisticated array of sensors and optics. These sensors and optics, when combined with the anti-ground weapons of the gunship and its ability to linger for long periods of time with a heavy payload, make it one of the most devastating weapon systems in the arsenal of any first world military.
Below is ten minutes of footage taken from the gun tape of an AC-130 gunship. It shows the moment that an AC-130 and its crew engage a group of insurgent fighters. For the duration of the footage, you can tell that the only emotion on the ground is sheer terror as the insurgents are dominated out of existence by the overwhelming firepower of the Lockheed AC-130.