An EC-130J Commando Solo airplane from the 193rd Special Operations Wing carries out an overpass throughout Community Days at the Lancaster Airport in Lititz, Pennsylvania, Sept. 17, 2022.(U.S. Air National Guard image by Tech. Sgt. Tony Harp) “Commando Solo, songs off.”The EC-130J made use of for PSYOPS retires. The EC-130J is a specific variation of the EC-130 airplane flying with the Pennsylvania Air National Guard as well as utilized for PSYchological OPerationS(PSYOPS). It’s the only flying army radio as well as television program system in the U.S. armed force, as well as can relaying television as well as radio messages on all bands. The (after that)193rd Tactical Electronics Warfare Group began running an” air-borne details procedures system”in 1968, when the system got the EC-121S Coronet Solo.
In the late 1970s, the EC-121 were changed by the EC-130E Volant Solo prior to ultimately being changed by the present airplane in 2003. Numerous alterations were made to the fundamental C-130J to produce the EC-130J. According to the U.S. Air Force Fact Sheet, the adjustments consisted of improved navigating systems as well as self-protection devices. “the bulk of the design financial investment went right into the combination of the unique objective devices qualified of up to 14 synchronised programs with the independent or very same messages on each network. Equaling information-technology systems, message playback is achieved making use of media saved electronically, e.g. hard disk drives, however the airplane is still with the ability of approving tradition media styles (CD/DVD etc.). Along with pre-recorded messages, the EC-130J has the ability to perform online programs. In the last 2 implementations, the online program alternative has actually obtained significant appeal. In its present setup, the EC-130J can a broad-range of strategies consisting of; Information Operations (Influence) as well as Joint Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations, i.e. digital assault.”
In a couple of words the function of the airplane is to run near a battle zone or situation location as well as program numerous sort of messages, through radio as well as television, to affect audiences, additionally bypassing program terminals on the ground.
Throughout its background, the EC-130J contributed in the success of worked with armed forces details assistance procedures, gaining the 193rd Special Operations Wing the tag of “one of the most released system airborne National Guard.”
Because it was supplied, the airplane has actually performed procedures (and also PSYOPS) throughout Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operations Odyssey Dawn/Unified Protector in Libya, Operation Inherent Resolve, Operation Resolute Support/Freedom’s Sentinel, Operation Secure Tomorrow and also Operation Unified Response in Haiti.
Our viewers will possibly bear in mind the EC-130J Commando Solo (00-1934/ STEEL74) of the 193 SOS, running out of Sigonella, in Italy, which ended up being specifically popular in 2011, throughout the Libya Air War: the airplane program messages both Arab as well as english language welcoming seafarers and also marine policemans of a Libyan ship to leave the vessel as well as go back to their households, that were frequently obstructed by radio porks from all over the globe as well as released virtually anywhere, from Audioboo to YouTube.
The profession of the Commando Solo has actually ultimately come to an end: airmen from the 193rd Special Operations Wing have actually transferred their last program on Sept. 17, 2022, to viewers at the Community Days Air Show at Lancaster Airport, Lititz, Pa., bringing to shut a 54-year phase in device background.
In the transmission, the wing gave thanks to the neighborhood for their assistance over the previous 54 years prior to transmitting the Santo and also Johnny track, “Sleepwalk.” The transmission finished with the expression, “Commando Solo, songs off” [songs is a prominent codeword in the Electronic Warfare area, suggesting “jamming”]
“The EC-130J Commando Solo objective has actually assisted maintain this Air National Guard system’s airplane and also its Airmen at the idea of spear for almost every significant U.S. armed forces procedure because the Vietnam War”, claims the ANG in a public launch. “Before bombs went down or soldiers released in the Global War on Terror complying with the strikes on Sept. 11, 2001, this specifically changed airplane was currently over the skies of Afghanistan relaying to America’s opponents that the U.S. armed force was bringing the battle to them.”
“Any globe occasion or dilemma that our armed force has actually reacted to in current background, our 193rd Airmen– and also Commando Solo– were most likely vital parts because reaction,” claimed Col. Eric McKissick, 193rd SOW vice leader. “As we prepare to open up a brand-new phase in our background, we say thanks to those that have actually allowed us to be amongst the absolute best fly the Air National Guard.”
The capability of the airplane to transmit messages to foes yet additionally crucial info to individuals in the demand, was the secret of success of the Commando Solo. “This capacity has actually been a crucial device in our country’s stock, from the field of battles to helping storm and also earthquake-ravaged countries,” Lt. Col. Michael Hackman, 193rd Special Operations Squadron leader claimed.
The 193rd SOW had 3 EC-130J Commando Solo in solution. While the destiny of the airframe is unidentified, the system, connected with the Air Force Special Operations Command, will certainly proceed running with (4) EC-130SJ Super J airplane, that can carry out the mental war function, however additionally various other unique ops objectives, such as private, low-visibility, low-level resupply as well as infiltration/exfiltration goals for Special Operations Forces by airdrop or airland. The Super J airplane is an updated “glossy” airplane with bigger generators, air refueling ability as well as a Crisis Support Operations terminal mounted on the trip deck.