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Lockheed AC-5 Wraith

Crew

13: 2 pilots 1 weapons commanders 2 radio men/women 2 AGM operators 1 40mm operator 5 howitzer operators

The Lockheed AC-5 "Wraith" is the gunship variant of the C-5 Galaxy, developed in 1963. Its main objective is to eliminate military presence deep behind enemy lines without any ground support, it can also incorporate the weaponry used in the AC-130 to make it into a close-air support gunship in case there are no AC-130s available. To complete its mission the AC-5 has equipped modified AGM-114 Hellfire missiles that allow the user to place the missile in a tube launcher and aim it through the aircraft's console righ beside the tube launcher, a Bofors 40mm cannon that works in a same way the AC-130's would, a 155mm Smoothbore cannon is incorporated in the tail of the aircraft, JDAM bombs and other kinds of bombs, a modified variant is equipped with 2 BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missiles, known as AC-5B.

The aircraft's development begun in 2010 in conjuction with Lockheed and Northrop Grumman in Lockheed Skunk Works, first incorporating AGM-88s, AGM-65s and a BGM-109 but it was proved ineffective and too costly, considering other necessities like stealth aspects and new radars. This time Northrop Grumman placed the radar absorbent materials on the airplane and suppressed IR emissions of the aircraft, while Lockheed placed the Signature Assessment System and the radar.

The aircraft entered production in 2012 and it begun service in the US in 2017, since then it was active in North Korea where it proved its effectiveness. After one of the aircraft was nearly shot down, AIM-7 missiles were placed in the aircraft. Here is the list of major AC-5 operations

  1. April 2012: An AC-5 assists the extraction of a defector in North Korea.
  2. December 21st, 2017: An AC-5 destroys a bunker in North Korea which contained important military hardware for the Battle of Wonsan.
  3. January 2nd, 2018: The Pyongyang International Airport is destroyed by a Tomahawk missile strike coming from an AC-5B.
  4. January 23rd, 2018: Type 63 SPAAAs in Wonsan are destroyed by an AC-5's Hellfire missile.
  5. February 26th, 2018: A batch of MiG-29 fighters nearly shot down an AC-5 but the AC-5s escort composed by 6 F-15E Strike Eagles fend off the MiGs, after the incided the US DoD orders all AC-5s to be equipped with AIM-7 Sparrow missiles.
  6. March 13th, 2018: Delta Force and JTF2 successfully destroy air-to-air batteries off the east coast of North Korea.
  7. June 16th, 2018: Japanese F-2 jets and an AC-5 from the USAF successfully cripple a KPA Navy flotilla close to Hokkaido, Japan.
  8. June 19th, 2018: A Tomahawk missile destroys the KPA barracks close to the DMZ, allowing more troops from South Korea into the North.
  9. July 9th, 2018: US Green Berets with support of an AC-5B eliminate military presence near Pyongyang.

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