Lockheed EC-130H Compass Call
|EC-130H Compass Call|
|An EC-130H Compass Call departs Davis-Monthan AFB|
|Role||Electronic warfare (EW), Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD), offensive counter-information|
BAE Systems (prime mission equipment)
L3 Communications (aircraft integration and depot maintenance)
|Primary user||United States Air Force|
|Number built||14 (USAF)|
The EC-130H Compass Call is an electronic attack aircraft flown by the United States Air Force. Based on the Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules, the aircraft is heavily modified to disrupt enemy command and control communications, perform offensive counterinformation operations, and do other kinds of electronic attack. Planned upgrades will add the ability to attack early warning and acquisition radars. Based at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona, EC-130Hs can be deployed worldwide at short notice to support U.S. and allied tactical air, surface, and special operations forces.
The EC-130H is one of the four main U.S. electronic warfare aircraft, along with the Boeing EA-18 Growler, Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler, and F-16CJ Fighting Falcon, all of which can suppress enemy air defenses while jamming communications, radar, and command-and-control targets.
In September 2017, the Air Force announced that L3 Technologies will serve as the lead systems integrator for a future Compass Call aircraft based on the Gulfstream 550 business jet. The new Compass Call platform has been designated EC-X.
The EC-130H fleet is composed of a mix of state-of-the-art baseline aircraft.
The EC-130H aircraft carries a combat crew of 13 people. Four members handle aircraft flight and navigation (aircraft commander, co-pilot, navigator and flight engineer), while nine members operate and employ the EA mission equipment permanently integrated in the cargo/mission compartment. The mission crew includes the mission crew commander (electronic warfare officer), weapon system officer (electronic warfare officer), mission crew supervisor (an experienced cryptologic linguist), four analysis operators (linguists), one acquisition operator and an airborne maintenance technician.
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- Air Combat Command (Langley Air Force Base, Virginia)
Data from Air Force Link: EC-130H Compass Call
- Crew: 13
- Length: 97 ft, 9 in (29.3 m)
- Wingspan: 132 ft, 7 in (39.7 m)
- Height: 38 ft, 3 in (11.4 m)
- Wing area: ft² (m²)
- Empty weight: 101,000 lb (45,813 kg)
- Useful load: lb (kg)
- Loaded weight: lb (kg)
- Max. takeoff weight: 155,000 lb (69,750 kg)
- Powerplant: 4 × Allison T56-A-15 turboprop, 4,591 hp (kW) each
- Never exceed speed: knots (mph, km/h)
- Maximum speed: knots (mph, km/h)
- Cruise speed: knots (300 mph, mach 0.52)
- Stall speed: knots (mph, km/h)
- Range: 2,295 nm (mi, 3,694 km)
- Service ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,600 m)
- Rate of climb: ft/min (m/s)
- Wing loading: lb/ft² (kg/m²)
- Power/mass: hp/lb (W/kg)
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- Insinna, Valerie (2017-09-08). "L3 gets Compass Call contract, names Gulfstream as airframe provider". Defense News. Sightline Media Group.
- Host, Pat (2017-09-14). "US Air Force awards L3 Technologies Compass Call replacement UCA". Jane's International Defence Review.
- "Factsheets : EC-130H Compass Call". United States Air Force. 5 November 2010. Archived from the original on 20 July 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
- Wickman, Tony (11 September 2015). "41st EECS Scorpions defend the force with Compass Call". U.S. Air Forces Central Command. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
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- Air Force Link: Air Force news story ('Bats' shield Airmen from harm) at Archive.is (archived 2012-12-12)
- Air Force Link: Air Force news story (Airpower supports Afghan elections) at Archive.is (archived 2012-12-12)
- Military.com: EC-130H Compass Call
- AircraftGuru.com: EC-130H Compass Call