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The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare for the Nintendo DS. The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Mobilized. The subject of this article appeared in Find Makarov: Operation Kingfish. The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for the Nintendo DS. The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III
For the Killstreak/Strike Chain reward, see AC-130 (killstreak).
For a similar vehicle in Call of Duty: Ghosts, see Y-8.

The AC-130H Spectre[1] is a gunship used by the United States Air Force in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Nintendo DS), Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Mobilized, Find Makarov: Operation Kingfish, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: Defiance, Call of Duty: Strike TeamCall of Duty: Black Ops II, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare[]

On the PC and consoles, the AC-130 only appears in the missions "Death From Above" and "Hunted". In "Death From Above", where the player controls the AC-130, they are the Thermal Imaging TV Operator. The gunship is armed with a 105mm cannon, a 40mm Bofors autocannon, and "dual 25mm Gatling guns". The 105mm cannon has a very wide blast radius but must go through a lengthy reload after each shot. It has the widest view in the Gunship, making it good for spotting ground targets. The 40mm Bofors auto-cannon hits a medium sized area and is fully automatic. The "dual 25mm Gatling guns" are an automatic rapid-fire weapon with the highest zoom and least splash damage, making it very useful when targets are close to friendly NPCs. The 40mm Bofors and 25mm Gatling gun have unlimited ammunition and must be fully exhausted before they will reload. This ability is lost in Modern Warfare 2 and Modern Warfare 3. An unused model for the AC-130 can be found in the game files, suggesting it to be seen in campaign or multiplayer.

Multiplayer[]

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The subject matter of this article was cut from the final version of a Call of Duty game. Since some information cannot be independently verified, the content on this page may be subject to change.

The AC-130 was originally going to be in Modern Warfare's multiplayer, but was however cut from the final release. Several files can be found (ac130_25mm_mp, ac130_40mm_mp, ac130_105mm_mp). However, attempting to use the effects of these files will result in the game crashing. This suggests that it was scrapped very early in development. A model can be found in the game files.

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Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Nintendo DS)[]

The AC-130 makes a brief appearance in the level "Spectre". The player is under the callsign Thunder One-One. The player must protect SAS troops from Ultranationalists with their 25mm, 40mm, and 105mm guns.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2[]

Campaign[]

The AC-130 makes a brief appearance in "S.S.D.D.", where one is seen landing on the airfield. It doesn't make any other appearances in campaign.

Multiplayer[]

Main article: AC-130 (killstreak)

The AC-130 returns as an obtainable killstreak in Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer. It takes eleven kills without dying to get the killstreak. It has three different mounted guns (105mm, 40mm and 25mm) and lasts 40 seconds.

Special Ops[]

The AC-130 appears in the Special Ops mission "Overwatch" being gunned by one of the players. Before the mission starts the host is asked to select the AC-130 gunner. Just like in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare campaign and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer, the AC-130 features three guns, all being the same, but like in Call of Duty 4 the 40mm and 25mm guns do not need to be reloaded. Depending on the difficulty selected, the AC-130 gunner may have to provide overwatch for the ground player for a longer period of time.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Mobilized[]

AC-130 Mobilized

The AC-130 in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Mobilized.

The AC-130 returns in Modern Warfare: Mobilized as one of the three usable vehicles, the others being the M1 Abrams and the Humvee. The AC-130 has an increase in damage for most weapons from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (DS), as the 20mm Vulcan cannon is capable of taking out enemy T-72s, as well as an increase in bullet speed and rate of fire; the 105mm Howitzer is capable of taking out large buildings in around two shots. Unlike previous games, where the player could only fail by attacking friendlies and no-fire zones, the AC-130 can now be shot down by enemy anti-air vehicles, supposedly BM-21s.

The AC-130 is only used in the level "Clearing the Way" under the callsign Eagle, though Eagle is seen giving the player air support in "Winter Assault" and guiding the player in "Last Chance". The main use of the AC-130 is not to protect allies, but to take out enemy vehicles (BM-21s, T-72s, Mi-24 Hinds), and destroy enemy structures.

Find Makarov: Operation Kingfish[]

An AC-130, callsign Spectre 6-4, was seen in Find Makarov: Operation Kingfish providing close air support for the Task Force 141. It is later bizarrely shot down by an unguided RPG-7.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3[]

Campaign[]

The AC-130 makes an appearance in the missions "Bag and Drag" and "Iron Lady" in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. In "Bag and Drag", Frost uses air support markers to designate targets for an AC-130, callsign "Warhammer". In "Iron Lady", "Warhammer's" AC-130 Gunner continues to provide fire support for Delta Force operators, and Frost continues to designate targets with air support markers. The imaging camera can be toggled for thermal as well as dynamically controlled for zoom. Also, unlike previous games, the FCO is female rather than male.

Multiplayer[]

Main article: AC-130 (killstreak)

The AC-130 also returns in multiplayer, as a 12 Pointstreak in the Assault Package. The only changes are an ammo counter for each weapon as well as the ability to switch between Thermal and Enhanced Optics.

Special Ops[]

The AC-130 is available for both Survival Mode and Mission Mode.

Mission Mode[]

The AC-130 appears in the missions "Toxic Paradise" and "Fire Mission". In "Toxic Paradise", the player can throw an Air Support Marker that produces purple smoke on the ground to designate targets for an AC-130. In "Fire Mission", much like the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Special Ops mission "Overwatch", one player controls an AC-130, while another player on the ground must disable anti-air defenses to protect the AC-130, and reach the entrance to an enemy base. It also appears in mission "Light Em Up", at the end of the mission, where the player throws an Air Support Marker to mark the target.

Survival Mode[]

Main article: Air Strike

The AC-130 also appears in the Survival Mode as an upgrade called Air Strike, that can be purchased from an Air Support Armory for $2500. Like in Mission Mode, the player can throw down an air support marker to designate fire for the vehicle.

It is advised the player try and locate the AC-130 in the air before throwing the air support marker, as to know the direction the AC-130 is currently hovering. This is because vehicles and other obstructions may prevent the AC-130 from hitting its target, utterly being a waste of the air support marker.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: Defiance[]

The AC-130 appears in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: Defiance in the level "Clearing Out". In the level, the player under the callsign Thunder must protect SAS troops. They will have to destroy a tank as well as a building later on with either the 40mm or 105mm, and at the end of the level, protect civilians as they board two buses and evacuate.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II[]

The AC-130 is briefly seen in the mission "Suffer With Me", where it can be called to provide support if the player manages to find Strobe Grenades using the perk Access Kit. The AC-130's callsign is Odin 1-2. Later in the level, Mason, Woods, and Noriega are nearly killed by a gunship strike from Odin 1-2 called on their location by US soldiers due to Noriega attacking the soldiers.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare[]

The AC-130 returns in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare under the name “Gunship.” It has an unlimited amount of reloads and has one 105mm round, five 40mm rounds, and thirty 25mm rounds. It has 2 flares that automatically deploy when there is a missile lock.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War[]

The AC-130 returns in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War as the Gunship scorestreak. It remains generally unchanged compared to the Black Ops 4 version of the Gunship, with access to a 105mm howitzer, a 40mm autocannon and a 25mm minigun. Each of the weapons hold 2, 4 and 25 rounds in the magazine, respectively. After depleting the magazine, the weapon would need some time to reload. The player can always switch to other weapons when the current weapon is reloading. The AC-130 requires 10000 score to use, and persists on the battlefield for 30 seconds.

The AC-130 also appears in the campaign, but only once in End of The Line. During the final part of the mission, when Bell and the team is on the roof, Bell can call in an AC-130 (callsign Skyhook) to help clear the roof for extraction. The AC-130 - if called in - would function identically as in Multiplayer, and will pull out after killing all the enemy soldiers the roof. Later in the mission, AC-130 would open fire at the building after the protagonists have been evacuated.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II[]

The AC-130 returns in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II.

In the campaign, the AC-130 is used by Shadow Company to protect Task Force 141 and the Los Vaqueros in the mission Close Air and Hardpoint.

In multiplayer, the AC-130 appears as the "Gunship". The AC-130 retains most of its armament, except for the 150mm cannon, which has been replaced with an LTM missile,

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III[]

The AC-130 returns in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III, featured in the campaign level Danger Close.

In multiplayer, the AC-130 appears as the "Gunship". The AC-130 retains most of its armament, except for the 150mm cannon, which has been replaced with an LTM missile,

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Main article: AC-130/Trivia

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