The base in New Mexico will be a new training site for attack aircraft

Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico will be the new location for training pilots and other aircrew to operate a type of large attack aircraft flown by the Air Force Special Operations Command, a member said Friday. of the state congressional delegation.

The establishment of the AC-130J training mission at the Albuquerque base over the next few years will involve up to 372 full-time Air Force personnel, as well as an undetermined number of additional contracts and maintenance support jobs, Sen. Martin Heinrich, DN.M. , said in a statement released by his office.

The statement said seven AC-130Js will be assigned to Kirtland for the training mission, which an Air Force report released by Heinrich’s office said is part of a move from Hurlburt Field, an Air Force facility. Air Force in Florida.

The report says locating the training mission in Kirtland offers efficiencies as the base already hosts a training mission for MC-130J aircraft, another type of special-purpose aircraft derived from the C-130 transport. largely used.

“This training unit would align well with existing missions at Kirtland and Cannon Air Force Bases, which benefit from New Mexico’s unparalleled airspace, our premier test ranges and ground expertise.” , said Heinrich.

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