Skip to comments.Aircraft attack al Qaeda haven in Somalia
Posted on 01/09/2007 8:06:00 AM PST by skippermd
1/9/2007 - WASHINGTON (AFNEWS) -- Air Force AC-130 gunships struck al Qaeda targets in Somalia Jan. 8, news sources reported last night.
The operation allegedly hit al Qaeda concentrations in the southern part of the country, but Pentagon officials did not comment.
The Navy 5th Fleet moved the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower into the waters off Somalia in an effort to capture al Qaeda terrorists attempting to flee the country, a 5th Fleet spokesman said.
Officials of the United Nations-recognized Somali government said the strikes were aimed at al Qaeda terrorists who planned the attacks against the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.
The Ethiopian military entered Somalia Dec. 24 with the mission of neutralizing the Council of Islamic Courts, a Muslim extremist group that took power in the Somali capital of Mogadishu. The Ethiopian forces took the capital in 10 days and terrorists and their sympathizers allegedly moved south toward the border with Kenya to escape.
More U.S. ships are moving into the waters off Somalia to reinforce the maritime interdiction effort there, said U.S. 5th Fleet officials.
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Paging Mr. Burns, Mr. Burns, please pick up the White Courtesy phone.
terrorists and their sympathizers allegedly moved south toward the border with Kenya to escape.
Gunships, plural. One will ruin your whole life, two ...
Lots of Al Qaeda got to meet their god, but no virgins for them, just a rather "warm" reception.
AC-130 motto: "You can run, but then you'll just be tired when you die."
Avenging Black Hawk Down.
Back in 1993, the US Forces were "fighting to the oldies", sound track blaring to the staccato blasts from machine gun fire.
This time, a rapid-fire laser-aimed aerial gun platform comes whipping in, placing highly accurate bursts in defined targets, with devastating results.
Bet they're sorry now, they got the Americans all steamed up.
in the meantime, the DU is outraged..
It is interesting.
We on FR have been following raw news of the conflict in Somalia for a couple of weeks.
FoxNews and the other MSM seem to have just found the story the last couple of days.
No wonder the MSM detest the unfiltered Internet.
I guess Yeman took all they could accomodate......
As I pointed out on the first thread to report this, I am immensely gratified: as the FR archives will show, I was advocating deployment of AC-130H's in support of the Ethiopians from the moment they went in.
If I read that right they're launching C-130's off of carrier decks?
Not C-130s, but AC-130s. I've seen it done, its possible.
"Avenging Black Hawk Down." It's about time, too. No doubt this mission was successful in part (and not broadcast in advance thereby alerting the terrorists) due to no embedded reporters. (At least I don't think so.) God bless our troops for continued success!
As another freeper said last night:
While the Democrats were home watching a football game, the president was bombing Somalia.
I believe they're stationed in Djbouti (Sp?)
AC-130U 'Spooky II'
The AC-130U, commonly referred to as "U-Boat", is the most complex aircraft weapons system in the world today. It has more than 609,000 lines of software code in its mission computers and avionics systems. The newest addition to the command fleet, it is the latest in a long line of heavily-armed, side-firing gunships and is named "Spooky II" in honor of the first gunship model, the AC-47D. All other AC-130s are referred to as "Spectre". The prototype AC-130U (#87-0128) made its first flight on 20 December 1990. The initial flight test period lasted through 21 December 1991 and consisted of 48 test flights, a total of 165 hours.
The "Spooky II" gunship program consists of 13 new Lockheed C-130H airframes modified by Boeing with improved armament, advanced sensors, a Hughes APG-180 fire control radar system, GPS, the ALQ-172 Electronic Countermeasure System, an ALR-56M radar warning receiver, an APR-46A panoramic receiver, and an AAR-44 infrared warning receiver integrated with a series of ALE-40 chaff & flare dispensers. The modifications allow the aircraft to perform the full range of special operations and conventional gunship missions, at night and in adverse weather. These aircraft also have the capability to loiter for long periods over targets, while providing precision fire support.
A multi-mode strike radar provides extreme long-range target detection and identification. It is able to track 40mm and 105mm projectiles and return pinpoint impact locations to the crew for subsequent adjustment to the target. The fire control system offers a Dual Target Attack capability, whereby two targets up to one kilometer apart can be simultaneously engaged by two different sensors, using two different guns. No other air-ground attack platform in the world offers this capability.
Targeting equipment installed in the gunship includes an advanced All-Light Level Television (ALLTV) system with a laser illuminator, laser target designator, laser range finder, infrared detection set, and night vision goggles for the pilots. Navigational devices include the inertial navigation system (INS) and global positioning system (GPS).
The side-firing weapons array consists of one 25mm GAU-12 Gatling gun (firing 1,800 rounds per minute), one 40mm L60 Bofors cannon (with a selectable firing rate of single shot or 120 rounds per minute) and one 105mm M-102 Howitzer cannon (firing 6 to 10 rounds per minute). Defensive systems include a countermeasures dispensing system that releases chaff and flares to counter radar infrared-guided antiaircraft missiles. Also, infrared heat shields mounted underneath the engines disperse and hide engine heat sources from infrared-guided antiaircraft missiles.
The AC-130U is pressurized, enabling it to fly at higher altitudes, saving fuel and time, and allowing for greater range than the AC-130H. An inflight refueling capability is also provided.
All AC-130Us are currently assigned to the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) and serve with the 4th SOS, part of the 16th SOW, at Hurlburt Field, Florida.
It is possible.... but no likely. More likely it is just poor writing.
Nice description of these dragons in the air. Surely Spooky II can make a huge difference. To many Freepers seem to think A/G missions that incorporate carpet bombing can cover the scope of what is required for A/G support. The Spookes are surely able to concentrate very lethal fire power just where it is needed.
Piglousy: How dare you bomb somalia Mr. Pres. without asking us first.
Dubya: But you guys took off on Mon. to watch a football game at 7pm...
I knew you'd be pleased :)
No, not off the carriers. They are operating from land bases.
You read it wrong.