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For the aircraft, see AC-130.
For the similar Field Order reward, see Y-8 Gunship.

The AC-130 is a killstreak reward available in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty Online, and a pointstreak reward in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. It was cut from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Black Ops. It is a Hero Skill in Call of Duty: Heroes.

Call of Duty 4: Modern WarfareEdit

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The AC-130 was originally going to be in Modern Warfare's multiplayer, however, it was cut from the final release. Several files can be found (ac130_25mm_mp, ac130_40mm_mp, ac130_105mm_mp).

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2Edit

AC-130 menu icon MW2
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Killstreak Reward
Kills

11

Inventory icon

AC-130 inventory icon MW2

Kill icon

AC-130 killicon MW2

Acquisition sound
MW2 Killstreak AC130
Console codename

specialty_ac130

 

The AC-130 is available for unlock as early as level 10. It takes 11 kills to obtain or 10 with Hardline. The AC-130, due to its amazing firepower, high altitude flight path, and its two angel flares, is a force to be reckoned with in almost any situation.

When called in, the player will start with a thermal view from the AC-130 which gives a clear overhead view of the map from the 105mm cannon. Each cannon has a different zoom amount, with the 105mm having the least and the 25mm having the most. On its own, it is arguably one of the deadliest killstreaks in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and in tandem with Danger Close Pro, its lethality is further increased. Due to the AC-130 flying higher than any other aerial killstreak, it can't be hit with bullets and it is able to shoot down helicopters and Harriers.

While difficult, it is possible to destroy an AC-130 with the Predator Missile and RPG-7. If using lock-on launchers, it will take at least three rockets due to the AC-130 having two flares. The AC-130 should be taken out as quickly as possible if the enemy has deployed one, as the player using it may have a Tactical Nuke as their last reward.

GalleryEdit

Team announcers announcing enemy AC-130Edit

Call of Duty: Black OpsEdit

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AC-130 was planned as a killstreak, which can be seen in game files (_ac130.gsc, ac130_overlay_105mm, ac130_overlay_grain). It was going to appear as the same model plane as the C-130, but it was cut from the final game.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3Edit

AC-130 icon MW3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Strike Package Reward
Points

12

Flares

2

 

The AC-130 is a 12-point (11 with Hardline) Strike Chain reward, which is part of the Assault Strike Package in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

The AC-130 is in the air for forty seconds. It works just like in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, but it now keeps track of the number of shots in each weapon before reloading, as well as the max capacities: One 105mm howitzer shell, four 40mm cannon shells, and twenty 25mm Vulcan rounds. It is also possible to switch between thermal and enhanced color vision at will. It will appear as 1:1, 4:4, and 20:20 respectively on the HUD, with the number on the left representing the ammo left before reloading.

The AC-130 works well on small, open maps like Village, Dome, and Mission, but is generally ineffective on maps with large amounts of overhead cover such as Arkaden.

The AC-130 does not appear on the Wii version due to RAM limitations.

The 105mm M102 Howitzer is very powerful, so powerful that a single round will destroy any aerial killstreak, including the Osprey. The only exception is the Counter UAV, UAV, and the Reaper, as they all fly higher than the AC-130, but it is possible, although very rare, for the AC-130 to take out a UAV. Also, like the Predator Missile, a single round will kill any player regardless of Perks or having a Juggernaut suit.

Call of Duty OnlineEdit

Specialty AC130 CoDO
Call of Duty: Online
Killstreak Reward
Kills

12

Inventory icon

AC130 menu CoDO

Acquisition sound
MW2 Killstreak AC130
Unlocked at

Level 63

 

The AC-130 returns in Call of Duty Online, very similar to Modern Warfare 2. The guns now cycle 105mm to 25mm to 40mm and the user is given 9 40mm shots now.

Call of Duty: HeroesEdit

The AC-130 appears as the Gunship. It is exclusive to Ghost. It has a 25mm gun with 30 ammo and 12 damage, a 40mm cannon with 11 ammo, 50 damage, and a damage range of 3, and a 105mm cannon with 1 ammo, 700 damage, and a damage range of 7.5.

VideosEdit

MW2 Predator Missile vs00:20

MW2 Predator Missile vs. AC-130

Taking down an AC-130 with a Predator Missile in Modern Warfare 2.

My First AC130 in Call of Duty Online00:54

My First AC130 in Call of Duty Online

The AC130 as it appears in Call of Duty Online.

TriviaEdit

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2Edit

  • Getting the final kill with the AC-130 will reward the player with the "Death From Above" title, referencing to the level of the same name in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
  • If the player is flashed while controlling an AC-130, they will be affected while controlling the AC-130.
  • The AC-130 cannot be locked-on to or destroyed while it is leaving the battlefield, even though it is visible.
  • If multiple players fire missiles at the AC-130, all of the contributing players will receive points and credit for destroying it.
  • It is possible to get a headshot with any of the weapons from the AC-130.
  • Killing oneself with the AC-130 will result in a comment from the AC-130 pilot.

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