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The EC-130H Compass Call is an airborne tactical weapon system using a heavily modified version of the C-130 Hercules airframe.

EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air front view of a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft flying over the German countryside. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air front view of a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft flying over the German countryside. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.

The system disrupts enemy command and control communications and limits adversary coordination essential for enemy force management. The Compass Call system employs the offensive counterinformation and electronic attack or EA capabilities in support of U.S. and Coalition tactical air, surface, and special operations forces. Programmed upgrades will expand its mission by procuring a secondary EA capability against early warning and acquisition radars.

Features

The EC-130H aircraft carries a combat crew of 13 people. Four members are responsible for 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.

EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air left front view of a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft banking to the right over the German countryside. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air left front view of a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft banking to the right over the German countryside. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.

The EC-130H fleet is composed of a mix of Block 20, Block 30 and state-of-the-art Block 35 aircraft, which has achieved initial operational capability. All aircraft will transition to the Block 35 baseline configuration by fiscal 2011.

The Block 30 EC-130H upgrade achieved a major redesign of the mission compartment and operating system software of the Block 20 aircraft. Its primary focus was to provide a reprogrammable capability against target C2 systems.

EC-130H Compass Call: CAPT Charles Taylor refers to his checklist as the pilot maneuvers an EC-130H Hercules aircraft behind a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft for refueling. The EC-130Hs, which are flying under the project name of Compass Call, are modified to confuse and disrupt enemy command and control operations by using a highly sophisticated electronic jamming system. In the event of war, the EC-130Hs would employ this system to protect allied tactical fighter aircraft from enemy detection.EC-130H Compass Call: CAPT Charles Taylor refers to his checklist as the pilot maneuvers an EC-130H Hercules aircraft behind a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft for refueling. The EC-130Hs, which are flying under the project name of Compass Call, are modified to confuse and disrupt enemy command and control operations by using a highly sophisticated electronic jamming system. In the event of war, the EC-130Hs would employ this system to protect allied tactical fighter aircraft from enemy detection.

The Block 35 EC-130H upgrade provides the Air Force with additional capabilities to jam communication, Early Warning/Acquisition radar and navigation systems through higher effective radiated power, extended frequency range and insertion of digital signal processing. Block 35s will have the flexibility to keep pace with adversary use of technology. It is highly reconfigurable and permits incorporation of clip-ins with less crew impact. It promotes enhanced crew proficiency, maintenance and sustainment with a common fleet configuration, new operator interface, increased reliability and better fault detection.

The Compass Call integrates into tactical air operations at any level. The versatile and flexible nature of the aircraft and its crew enable the power of electronic combat to be brought to bear in virtually any combat situation.

Background

Airborne electronic warfare consists of three major players forming a triad of capability. The EC-130H Compass Call, EA-6B Prowler and F-16CJ Fighting Falcons suppress enemy air defenses while jamming communications, radar and command and control targets. Compass Call is in demand with all unified commands, and therefore, subject to worldwide deployment in support of operations on very short notice.

The Compass Call has demonstrated a powerful effect on enemy command and control networks in multiple military operations including Kosovo, Haiti, Panama, Iraq, Serbia and Afghanistan.

EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air right side view of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft preparing to refuel a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft at approximately 12,000 feet. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base, Germany. Its mission is to provide Electronic CounterMeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air right side view of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft preparing to refuel a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft at approximately 12,000 feet. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base, Germany. Its mission is to provide Electronic CounterMeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.

All Compass Call aircraft are assigned to Air Combat Command. The EC-130H Compass Call is operated by the 55 Electronic Combat Group (41st, 42nd and 43d Electronic Combat Squadrons) at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.

Although located at Davis-Monthan, the group reports to the 55th Wing at Offutt AFB, Neb.

General Characteristics

Primary Function: Electronic warfare, suppression of enemy air defenses and offensive counter information

Contractors: BAE Systems (prime mission equipment), and L3 Communications (aircraft integration and depot maintenance)

Power Plant: Four Allison T56-A-15 turboprops

Thrust: 4,591 prop shaft horsepower

Wingspan: 132 feet, 7 inches (39.7 meters)

Length: 97 feet, 9 inches (29.3 meters)

Height: 38 feet, 3 inches (11.4 meters)

Weight: 101,000 pounds (45,813 kilograms)

Maximum Takeoff Weight: 155,000 pounds (69,750 kilograms)

Fuel capacity: 62,000 pounds (28,182 kilograms)

Speed: 300 mph (Mach 0.52) at 20,000 feet (6,060 meters)

Range: 2,295 miles (3,694 kilometers)

Ceiling: 25,000 feet (7.6 kilometers)

Armament: non-kinetic energy waveforms

Crew: Thirteen (two pilots, navigator, flight engineer, two electronic warfare officers, mission crew supervisor, four crypto logic linguists, acquisition operator and an airborne maintenance technician)

Unit Cost: $65 million

Initial operating capability: 1983

Inventory: Active force: 14; ANG: 0; Reserve: 0

Source: USAF

Detailed background:

Source: wikipedia.org

The EC-130H Compass Call is an airborne tactical weapon system using a heavily modified version of the C-130 Hercules airframe. The system disrupts enemy command and control communications and limits adversary coordination essential for enemy force management. The Compass Call system employs the offensive counterinformation and electronic attack capabilities in support of U.S. and Coalition tactical air, surface, and special operations forces. Programmed upgrades will expand its mission by procuring a secondary Electronic Attack (EA) capability against early warning and acquisition radars.

EC-130H Compass Call: Members of the 6919th Electronic Security Squadron determine targets to be jammed by EC-130H Hercules aircraft. The EC-130Hs, which are flying under the project name of Compass Call, is modified to confuse and disrupt enemy command and control operations by using a highly sophisticated electronic jamming system. In the event of war, the EC-130Hs would employ this system to protect allied tactical fighter aircraft from enemy detection.EC-130H Compass Call: Members of the 6919th Electronic Security Squadron determine targets to be jammed by EC-130H Hercules aircraft. The EC-130Hs, which are flying under the project name of Compass Call, is modified to confuse and disrupt enemy command and control operations by using a highly sophisticated electronic jamming system. In the event of war, the EC-130Hs would employ this system to protect allied tactical fighter aircraft from enemy detection.

Airborne electronic warfare consists of three major 'players' forming a triad of capability: the EC-130H Compass Call, the EA-6B Prowler, and the F-16CJ Fighting Falcon suppress enemy air defenses while jamming communications, radar and command and control targets. Compass Call is in demand with all unified commands, and therefore, subject to worldwide deployment in support of operations on very short notice.

Development

The EC-130H fleet is composed of a mix of Block 30 and state-of-the-art Block 35 aircraft. All aircraft will transition to the Block 35 baseline configuration by fiscal 2011.

For Block 30 EC-130H, the upgrade achieved a major redesign of the mission compartment and operating system software of the Block 20 aircraft. Its primary focus was to provide a reprogrammable capability against target C2 systems.

For Block 35 EC-130H, the upgrade provides the Air Force with additional capabilities to jam communication, Early Warning/Acquisition radar and navigation systems through higher effective radiated power, extended frequency range and insertion of digital signal processing. The Block 35 will have the flexibility to keep pace with adversary use of technology. It is highly reconfigurable and permits incorporation of clip-ins with less crew impact. It promotes enhanced crew proficiency, maintenance and sustainment with a common fleet configuration, new operator interface, increased reliability and better fault detection.

EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air front view of a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft flying a low-level route over the German countryside. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air front view of a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft flying a low-level route over the German countryside. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.

Compass Call integrates into tactical air operations at any level. The versatile and flexible nature of the aircraft and its crew enable the power of electronic combat to be brought to bear in virtually any combat situation.

Crew

The EC-130H aircraft carries a combat crew of 13 people. Four members are responsible for aircraft flight and navigation (Aircraft Commander, Co-Pilot, Navigator and Flight Engineer), while nine members operate and employ the EW 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 (Cryptologic Linguist) and an Airborne Maintenance Technician

Operational history

Compass Call has demonstrated a powerful effect on enemy command and control networks in multiple military operations including Kosovo, Haiti, Panama, Iraq, Serbia and Afghanistan.

Operators

United States Air Force

* Air Combat Command (Langley Air Force Base, Virginia)

o 55th Wing (Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska)

+ 55th Electronic Combat Group (Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona)

# 41st Electronic Combat Squadron

# 43d Electronic Combat Squadron

More photos:

EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air right side view of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft preparing to refuel a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft at approximately 12,000 feet. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base, Germany. Its mission is to provide Electronic CounterMeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air right side view of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft preparing to refuel a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft at approximately 12,000 feet. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base, Germany. Its mission is to provide Electronic CounterMeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.

EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air front view of a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft flying a low-level route over the German countryside. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air front view of a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft flying a low-level route over the German countryside. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.

EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air right side view of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft preparing to refuel a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft at approximately 12,000 feet. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base, Germany. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air right side view of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft preparing to refuel a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft at approximately 12,000 feet. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base, Germany. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.

EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air left front view of a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft flying a low-level route over the German countryside. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air left front view of a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft flying a low-level route over the German countryside. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.

EC-130H Compass Call: Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Kenneth Hiller, flight engineer, Captain (CPT) Griffin Drees, flight evaluator, both from the 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron, and Major (MAJ) John Ferrell, pilot, 66th Electronic Combat Wing, watch the horizon from the cockpit of an EC-130H Hercules aircraft for a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft that is to refuel them. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base, Germany. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.EC-130H Compass Call: Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Kenneth Hiller, flight engineer, Captain (CPT) Griffin Drees, flight evaluator, both from the 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron, and Major (MAJ) John Ferrell, pilot, 66th Electronic Combat Wing, watch the horizon from the cockpit of an EC-130H Hercules aircraft for a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft that is to refuel them. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base, Germany. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.

EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air front view of a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft flying over the German countryside. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air front view of a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft flying over the German countryside. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.

EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air left side view of a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft banking to the right after reaching the end of the Sembach Air Base flight line during a low approach over the runway. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air left side view of a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft banking to the right after reaching the end of the Sembach Air Base flight line during a low approach over the runway. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.

EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air left front view of a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft banking to the right over the German countryside. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air left front view of a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft banking to the right over the German countryside. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.

EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air left side view of a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft flying over Sembach at approximately 1,000 feet. Sembach Air Base can be seen in the background. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air left side view of a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft flying over Sembach at approximately 1,000 feet. Sembach Air Base can be seen in the background. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.

EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air right front view of a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft banking left over German countryside. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air right front view of a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft banking left over German countryside. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.

EC-130H Compass Call: U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Weeks, of the 386th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, marshals an EC-130H Compass Call aircraft in Southwest Asia Jan. 24, 2008. The aicraft employs offensive counterinformation and electronic attack capabilities supporting U.S. and Coalition tactical air, surface and special operations forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jason L. McCree) (Released)EC-130H Compass Call: U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Weeks, of the 386th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, marshals an EC-130H Compass Call aircraft in Southwest Asia Jan. 24, 2008. The aicraft employs offensive counterinformation and electronic attack capabilities supporting U.S. and Coalition tactical air, surface and special operations forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jason L. McCree) (Released)

EC-130H Compass Call: An EC-130J Commando Solo aircraft prepares to land on a base in Southwest Asia Oct. 26, 2007. The Air Force Special Operations Command's 193rd Special Operations Wing, Middletown, Penn., has total responsibility for the Commando Solo missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tia Schroeder) (Released)EC-130H Compass Call: An EC-130J Commando Solo aircraft prepares to land on a base in Southwest Asia Oct. 26, 2007. The Air Force Special Operations Command's 193rd Special Operations Wing, Middletown, Penn., has total responsibility for the Commando Solo missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tia Schroeder) (Released)

EC-130H Compass Call: An EC-130J Commando Solo aircraft prepares to land on a base in Southwest Asia Oct. 26, 2007. The Air Force Special Operations Command's 193rd Special Operations Wing, Middletown, Penn., has total responsibility for the Commando Solo missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tia Schroeder) (Released)EC-130H Compass Call: An EC-130J Commando Solo aircraft prepares to land on a base in Southwest Asia Oct. 26, 2007. The Air Force Special Operations Command's 193rd Special Operations Wing, Middletown, Penn., has total responsibility for the Commando Solo missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tia Schroeder) (Released)

EC-130H Compass Call: An EC-130J Hercules aircraft taxis down the runway in Southwest Asia Oct. 19, 2007. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tia Schroeder) (Released)EC-130H Compass Call: An EC-130J Hercules aircraft taxis down the runway in Southwest Asia Oct. 19, 2007. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tia Schroeder) (Released)

EC-130H Compass Call: An EC-130H Compass Call aircraft from the 42nd Electronic Combat Squadron lands its first training sortie at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 24, 2007, marking a historic milestone in the EC-130H Compass Call community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christina D. Ponte) (Released)EC-130H Compass Call: An EC-130H Compass Call aircraft from the 42nd Electronic Combat Squadron lands its first training sortie at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 24, 2007, marking a historic milestone in the EC-130H Compass Call community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christina D. Ponte) (Released)

EC-130H Compass Call: An EC-130 Compass Call from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., waits to take off at a deployed location in Southwest Asia while a KC-135R Stratotanker prepares for another refueling sortie June 29, 2007. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clark Staehle) (Released)..EC-130H Compass Call: An EC-130 Compass Call from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., waits to take off at a deployed location in Southwest Asia while a KC-135R Stratotanker prepares for another refueling sortie June 29, 2007. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clark Staehle) (Released)..

EC-130H Compass Call: US Air Force (USAF) Captain (CAPT) Mike Hanlon, 55th Wing Detachment, Davis Monthan Air Force Base (AFB), Arizona (AZ), assigned to the 43rd Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron (EECS), prepares for flight in a EC-130H Compass Call at a forward deployed operating base located in the Mediterranean region during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.EC-130H Compass Call: US Air Force (USAF) Captain (CAPT) Mike Hanlon, 55th Wing Detachment, Davis Monthan Air Force Base (AFB), Arizona (AZ), assigned to the 43rd Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron (EECS), prepares for flight in a EC-130H Compass Call at a forward deployed operating base located in the Mediterranean region during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

EC-130H Compass Call: An EC-30H Compass Call aircraft of the 66th Electronic Combat Wing returning from OPERATION DESERT STORM approaches Hangar 1. The EC-130H is used in tactical and strategic communications jamming missions.EC-130H Compass Call: An EC-30H Compass Call aircraft of the 66th Electronic Combat Wing returning from OPERATION DESERT STORM approaches Hangar 1. The EC-130H is used in tactical and strategic communications jamming missions.

EC-130H Compass Call: An EC-130H Hercules "Compass Call" communications jamming aircraft of the 66th Electronic Combat Wing comes in for a landing during exercise Central Enterprise '89.EC-130H Compass Call: An EC-130H Hercules "Compass Call" communications jamming aircraft of the 66th Electronic Combat Wing comes in for a landing during exercise Central Enterprise '89.

EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air front view of an EC-130H Hercules aircraft. The aircraft, flying under the project name of Compass Call, is modified to confuse and disrupt enemy command and control operations by using a highly sophisticated electronic jamming system. In the event of war, the EC-130Hs would employ this system to protect allied tactical fighter aircraft from enemy detection.EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air front view of an EC-130H Hercules aircraft. The aircraft, flying under the project name of Compass Call, is modified to confuse and disrupt enemy command and control operations by using a highly sophisticated electronic jamming system. In the event of war, the EC-130Hs would employ this system to protect allied tactical fighter aircraft from enemy detection.

EC-130H Compass Call: An EC-130H Hercules aircraft, flying under the project name Compass Call, takes part in a training mission. The aircraft is modified to confuse and disrupt enemy command and control operations by using a highly sophisticated electronic jamming system. In the event of war, the EC-130Hs would employ this system to protect allied tactical fighter aircraft from enemy detection.EC-130H Compass Call: An EC-130H Hercules aircraft, flying under the project name Compass Call, takes part in a training mission. The aircraft is modified to confuse and disrupt enemy command and control operations by using a highly sophisticated electronic jamming system. In the event of war, the EC-130Hs would employ this system to protect allied tactical fighter aircraft from enemy detection.

EC-130H Compass Call: CAPT Charles Taylor refers to his checklist as the pilot maneuvers an EC-130H Hercules aircraft behind a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft for refueling. The EC-130Hs, which are flying under the project name of Compass Call, are modified to confuse and disrupt enemy command and control operations by using a highly sophisticated electronic jamming system. In the event of war, the EC-130Hs would employ this system to protect allied tactical fighter aircraft from enemy detection.EC-130H Compass Call: CAPT Charles Taylor refers to his checklist as the pilot maneuvers an EC-130H Hercules aircraft behind a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft for refueling. The EC-130Hs, which are flying under the project name of Compass Call, are modified to confuse and disrupt enemy command and control operations by using a highly sophisticated electronic jamming system. In the event of war, the EC-130Hs would employ this system to protect allied tactical fighter aircraft from enemy detection.

EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air left front view of a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft flying a low-level route over the German countryside. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air left front view of a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft flying a low-level route over the German countryside. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.

EC-130H Compass Call: Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Kenneth Hiller, flight engineer, Captain (CPT) Griffin Drees, flight evaluator, both from the 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron, and Major (MAJ) John Ferrell, pilot, 66th Electronic Combat Wing, watch the horizon from the cockpit of an EC-130H Hercules aircraft for a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft that is to refuel them. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base, Germany. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.EC-130H Compass Call: Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Kenneth Hiller, flight engineer, Captain (CPT) Griffin Drees, flight evaluator, both from the 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron, and Major (MAJ) John Ferrell, pilot, 66th Electronic Combat Wing, watch the horizon from the cockpit of an EC-130H Hercules aircraft for a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft that is to refuel them. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base, Germany. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.

EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air front view of a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft flying over the German countryside. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air front view of a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft flying over the German countryside. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.

EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air right side view of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft preparing to refuel a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft at approximately 12,000 feet. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base, Germany. Its mission is to provide Electronic CounterMeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air right side view of a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft preparing to refuel a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft at approximately 12,000 feet. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base, Germany. Its mission is to provide Electronic CounterMeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.

EC-130H Compass Call: Right side view of an EC-130H Hercules aircraft making a low-level pass during Air Fete '84.EC-130H Compass Call: Right side view of an EC-130H Hercules aircraft making a low-level pass during Air Fete '84.

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