Lockheed EC-130H Compass Call

ICAO aircraft code C130
Country United States
New price USD 165 million (2019)

The EC-130H Compass Call is an electronic attack aircraft flown by the United States Air Force.


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Lockheed EC-130H Compass Call specifications


ICAO aircraft code
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
1982 - Present
United States
New purchase price
USD 165 million (2019)

Aircraft performance

4x Allison T56-A-15
4,590 HP
Max Cruise Speed:
320 Kts
593 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
100 Kts
Travel range:
2,295 Nm
4,250 Kilometers
Service Ceiling:
25,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
1830 feet / minute
9.30meter / second
Take Off Distance:
1433 meter - 4,701.39 feet
Landing Distance:
2550 meter - 8,366.04 feet

Weight & dimensions

Max Take Off Weight:
70,000 Kg
154,322 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
58,967 Kg
129,999 lbs
Max Payload:
45,000 Kg
99,207 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
10,000 gallon
37,854 liter

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About the Lockheed EC-130H Compass Call

The EC-130H Compass Call is an electronic attack aircraft flown by the United States Air Force. Based on the Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules, the aircraft is heavily modified to disrupt enemy command and control communications, perform offensive counterinformation operations, and carry out other kinds of electronic attack. Planned upgrades will add the ability to attack early warning and acquisition radars. Based at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona, EC-130Hs can be deployed worldwide at short notice to support U.S. and allied tactical air, surface, and special operations forces.

The EC-130H is one of the three main U.S. electronic warfare aircraft, along with the Boeing EA-18 Growler, and F-16CJ Fighting Falcon, all of which can suppress enemy air defenses while jamming communications, radar, and command-and-control targets.

In September 2017, the Air Force announced that L3 Technologies will serve as the lead systems integrator for a future Compass Call aircraft based on the Gulfstream 550 business jet. The new Compass Call platform has been designated EC-37B.

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