Northrop Grumman to provide prime mission equipment for AC/MC-130J RFCM program

Northrop Grumman has been selected to provide the prime mission equipment for the Sierra Nevada Corporation-led AC/MC-130J Radio Frequency Countermeasure (RFCM) program.

Northrop Grumman’s RFCM system utilizes the latest in antenna, amplifier and electronics technology. This technology provides superior situational awareness and better enables aircraft survivability in operationally relevant environments.

“With the radio frequency threat growing, modern electromagnetic spectrum protection for AC/MC-130J operators worldwide is essential,” said Jim Conroy, vice president, navigation, targeting and survivability, Northrop Grumman. “Our product line approach to the RFCM program is mature and in use throughout our electronic warfare systems.”

The modular, open systems approach to the suite is designed to provide radar warning, threat identification and countermeasure capabilities today, while allowing for the flexibility to adapt to future threats. The system is applicable to both U.S. and international customers and represents the latest upgrade to Northrop Grumman’s RFCM product line.

Northrop Grumman has deep expertise in electronic warfare systems for land, sea and air. Covering the full spectrum of operations from self-protection to electronic attack, the company’s systems are preparing warfighters for multi-domain operations. Among these systems are the F-16 electronic warfare suite, AN/APR-39 family of radar warning receivers and pod-based self-protection.

AC-130J Ghostrider

The AC-130J Ghostrider is the heavily armed, long-endurance gunship variant of Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules tactical airlifter.

The aircraft is armed with the Precision Strike Package (PSP) with 30mm and 105mm cannons and Standoff Precision Guided Munitions (i.e. GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) and AGM-176 Griffin missile)

The AC-130J Ghostrider’s primary missions are close air support (CAS), air interdiction and armed reconnaissance. Close air support missions include troops in contact, convoy escort and point air defense. Air interdiction missions are conducted against preplanned targets or targets of opportunity and include strike coordination and reconnaissance and overwatch mission sets. The AC-130J will provide ground forces an expeditionary, direct-fire platform that is persistent, ideally suited for urban operations and delivers precision low-yield munitions against ground targets.

The AC-130J is the fourth generation gunship replacing the aging fleet of AC-130U “Spooky”/AC-130W Stinger II gunships.

AC-130J Ghostrider
An U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) AC-130J Ghostrider gunship performs a routine training mission at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 17, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Callaway)

MC-130J Commando II

The MC-130J Commando II is a multimission combat transport/special operations tanker operated by the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). It is a variant of Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules tactical airlifter.

It flies clandestine, or low visibility, single or multiship, low-level air refueling missions for special operations helicopters and tiltrotor aircraft, and infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply of special operations forces (SOF) by airdrop or airland intruding politically sensitive or hostile territories.

The MC-130J primarily flies missions at night to reduce probability of visual acquisition and intercept by airborne threats. Its secondary mission includes the airdrop of leaflets as part of psychological warfare.

The MC-130J is replacing the aging SOF fleet of 37 MC-130E Combat Talon I and MC-130P Combat Shadow tankers.

AFSOC MC-130J Commando II
An MC-130J Commando II multimission combat transport/special operations tanker, assigned to the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). Photo via SNC.



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