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US Special Operations Command To Get Planes With Radio Frequency Countermeasure Systems

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US Special Operations Command To Get Planes With Radio Frequency Countermeasure Systems

The MC-130J Commando II

The US Department of Defense announced on Wednesday that Sierra Nevada Corp has been awarded $700 million for the development and procurement of Radio Frequency Countermeasure (RFCM) systems to be integrated onto AC/MC-130J aircraft operated by the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

The RFCM systems will be integrated onto AC-130J Ghostrider and MC-130J Commando II aircraft operated by the Air Force Special Operations Command to protect aircrews from air- and land-based enemy radar and missile systems. The contract includes provisions covering RFCM system engineering services, logistics support and spare parts.

The RFCM system is a platform-level system which operates with fully integrated situational awareness, precision geo-location, and radio frequency countermeasure capabilities. LINK

The AC-130J Ghostrider is the heavily armed, long-endurance gunship variant of Lockheed C-130J Super Hercules tactical airlifter. The aircraft is the fourth generation of the aircraft replacing the aging fleet of AC-130U/W gunships. It is armed with the Precision Strike Package (PSP) which includes 30mm and 105mm cannons and Standoff Precision Guided Munitions (the GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) and AGM-176 Griffin missile).

The MC-130J Commando II multi-mission combat transport/special operations tanker has been developed to replace the aging special operations forces (SOF) fleet of 37 MC-130E Combat Talon I and MC-130P Combat Shadow tankers. It flies clandestine, or low visibility, low-level air refuelling missions for special operations helicopters and tilt-rotor aircraft, and missions in support of infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply operations for special operations forces (SOF) by airdrop or landing after intruding into politically sensitive or hostile territories. LINK

According to SNC, the contractor will incorporate Northrop Grumman’s RFCM system on aircraft to provide threat detection, precision, geo-location and active countermeasure capabilities to improve aircraft survivability, and draw on its expertise in electromagnetic and aerodynamic modelling to maximize the system’s performance.

“We are excited to expand our solutions for SOF warfighters,” said Bob Horky, senior vice president for Sierra Nevada Corp’s ISR, Aviation and Security business area. “The aircraft they operate need the protection RFCM provides.” LINK

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is a privately held company based in Nevada in the United States which specializes in electronic systems and systems integration related to microsatellites, telemedicine, and commercial orbital transportation services. The company has contracts with the United States Armed Forces, NASA and private spaceflight companies, which are managed though installations at 34 locations in the US, England, Germany and Turkey.

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