The Lockheed AC-130 gunship is a heavily armed, ground-attack aircraft that is capable of long endurance flights. However, unlike modern military aircraft, it depends on visual targeting and this is simply because it operates at a low altitude of about 7,000ft which makes it very easy to target by enemies.
The Lockheed AC-130 gunship is a heavily armed, long endurance, ground attack variant of the C-130 Hercules, transport fixed wing aircraft. Image source: Pinterest. C-130 Hercules: Image source: Pinterest. It was manufactured by Lockheed for the United State Air Force. The airframe is manufactured by Lockheed Martin while Boeing is responsible for the conversion into a gunship and for aircraft support. The United States Air Force uses the AC-130 for close air support, air interdiction and force protection. Close