L3Harris Technologies has handed over a Wescam MX-25D electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) and laser designator sensor system to the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

Delivery of this imaging system is in support of the AC-130J gunship modernisation strategy of the US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC).

The latest development also marks a key milestone, as the company completes the delivery of its 6,000th WESCAM MX-Series imaging system to USSOCOM.

The WESCAM MX-Series systems are currently in use with over 80 countries, providing advanced targeting and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities for different multi-domain platforms. 

This system can be equipped with multiple fixed-wing, aerostat and uncrewed aerial vehicles. 

L3Harris Electro Optical president Kristin Houston said: “The next-generation electro-optics and infrared sensors in the WESCAM MX-25D will provide the special operations forces with world-leading advanced situational awareness and key targeting and laser designation capabilities.

“L3Harris WESCAM MX-Series products have successfully supported USSOCOM and AFSOC aviation programmes for more than 20 years, specifically the AC-130 H, U, W, and J model gunships.

“We’re truly honoured that the 6,000th unit milestone was reached with our delivery to the USSOCOM and AFSOC AC-130J gunship Block 30 upgrade programme.”

Installation of this EO/IR system onto the AC-130J Ghostrider aircraft fleet is part of the US AFSOC’s AC-130J gunship Block 30 upgrade programme.

The upgrade primarily involves updating the precision strike package of the aircraft fleet.

The package includes two EO/IR sensor systems, communications suite, advanced fire control equipment, mission management console and precision guided munitions.

The first AC-130J upgraded aircraft under this programme was delivered to AFSOC in 2019.