New Mexico base will be a new training site for attack aircraft | Local News

ALBUQUERQUE – Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico will be the new training ground for pilots and other aircrew to operate a type of large attack aircraft flown by the Air Force Special Operations Command, the Air Force Special Operations Command announced Friday. a member 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.

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 offers efficiencies because Kirtland already hosts a training mission for MC-130J aircraft, another type of special-purpose aircraft derived from the widely used C-130 transport.

“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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