First New AC-130J Gunship In Production
Marietta, Ga., July 23, 2012 – The first MC-130J Commando II that will be converted to become an AC-130J Gunship is being built at the Lockheed Martin [LMT] C-130 production facility here. The AC-130J will be equipped with a Precision Strike Package creating the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command’s newest gunship. Sixteen AC-130Js are planned with an Initial Operating Capability scheduled for 2015.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation's net sales for 2011 were $46.5 billion.
The first MC-130J Commando II