An AC-130 deploying flares in reality.

The Lockheed AC-130U Spooky Gunship is a heavily armed ground attack aircraft variant of the C-130 Hercules. The basic airframe is manufactured by Lockheed, while Boeing is responsible for the conversion into a gunship and for aircraft support. The AC-130 Gunship II superseded the AC-47 Spooky and AC-119 Shadow during the Vietnam War.

Battlefield 3Edit

BF3BL Gunship
Disable threshold Cannot be disabled
Vehicle passengers 2
Special features AI Controlled Pilot
Main weapon 40mm L/60 Bofors cannon
Main weapon ammunition per reload 30 rounds
Secondary weapon Top-mounted 25mm GAU-12 Equalizer AA gatling cannon
Passenger weapon 105mm M102 cannon
Countermeasures IR Flares (both gunners)
Operators Seal of the US Air Force United States Air Force (AI Controlled)
Flag of the Russian ground forces Russian Ground Forces
Battlefield 3 - AC 130 Gameplay on Death Valley (Armored Kill)02:31

Battlefield 3 - AC 130 Gameplay on Death Valley (Armored Kill)

"Heavily armored ground-attack vehicle with mounted HMG and cannon. "

— Battlelog description

The Gunship is a vehicle featured in Battlefield 3: Armored Kill. The pilot is AI controlled, and automatically patrols an area of the map by flying in its characteristic circles. The gunship also adjusts for altitude, as seen on Alborz Mountains.

Players can spawn into either of two gunner positions; one for a 40mm autocannon, and one for a large-caliber gun while both can use Zoom Optics. Both gunners can also access top-mounted 360 degree anti-aircraft guns as well as IR Flares. Players can parachute from the vehicle through the Gunship Paradrop spawn point. A similar aircraft, the Dropship, is featured in Battlefield 3: End Game that allows both an infantry and vehicle paradrop.

The gunship is vulnerable to enemy aircraft and anti-air weaponry, as it is quite slow and large. Engineer anti-air weapons inflict about 20% damage, while vehicle-mounted heatseekers do about 11% damage. It does not regenerate damage, but does have a high tolerance and plenty of health and does not disable.


Control of the Gunship is determined by control of a base— when capturing, an aircraft icon will appear next to the base name, signalling that capturing the base will allow that team to use the Gunship. However, the Gunship itself can remain in possession by the enemy until it is destroyed. It can be challenging to capture the base with an enemy Gunship active, as the associated base is generally within its shooting range.


The gunship is available to the attacking team in Rush. It automatically advances to the next set of M-COMs, its center point slowly drifting into position. A patch was released that resulted in the gunship to only spawn at the start of the match and once every time a set of M-COM stations is destroyed.



Select Primary
Primary weapon (ground attack)
Select Secondary
Secondary weapon (anti-air)
Cycle Weapons
Switch weapon
Fire weapon
Alt fire
Toggle zoom
IR Flares
Enter/Exit Vehicle
Exit gunship
25mm gunner position
105mm gunner position

Xbox 360Edit

Switch weapon
Toggle Zoom
Switch seats (if unoccupied)
Fire Weapon

PlayStation 3Edit

Switch Weapon
Fire Weapon
Toggle Zoom
Switch seats (if unoccupied)


Battlefield 4Edit

AC-130 Gunship
BF4 ac130
Vehicle passengers • 3 gunners
Special features Commander resource
Main weapon 105mm M102 howitzer
Passenger weapon 40mm L/60 Bofors cannon
Second passenger weapon 25mm GAU-12/U Equalizer gatling cannon
Dogtag BF4 AC-130U Master Dog Tag
Operators Seal of the US Air Force United States Air Force (AI Controlled)
Flag of the Russian ground forces Russian Ground Forces
People's Republic of China People's Liberation Army

The AC-130 Gunship is a vehicle featured in Battlefield 4 as a "main asset" Commander resource. Depending on which team holds control over its associated control point, the commander can deploy the gunship overhead.

A deployed gunship acts as a spawn point for the entire team, with players immediately occupying one of three gunner positions. Players below may see a "GUNSHIP OVERHEAD" message if they are within its reach.

This version of the gunship contains the 40mm Bofors cannon as its second gunner seat, moving the 25mm Equalizer cannon to third position. The occupants can freely jump from the gunship at any time, potentially accessing areas that are not currently covered by a spawn point.

The two anti-aircraft batteries appearing in Battlefield 3 are no longer available.

Gunships can receive up to 20% damage from the enemy commander's EMP UAV.[1] Should the gunship control point change hands, the commander can gradually kill the old gunship and its occupants by deploying a new one. If the team member get kills with AC-130, the Commander can get assist bonus. Deploy the Gunship as Commander counts towards Offensive Commander assignment.

The gunship is available for use on the following maps: 

Battlefield HardlineEdit

The AC-130 Gunship appears in the singleplayer campaign of Battlefield Hardline in the episode Sovereign Land. Under assault from Tony Alperts forces, Nick Mendoza enters a heavily damaged Gunship that was somehow obtained by Tony Alpert. While unable to fly, the aircraft's main gun is still operational, allowing Nick to quickly eliminate Alpert's forces before heading toward the nearby Brute.


  • The AC-130 is solely operated by the United States Air Force despite the fact that the USMC, RGF and PLA are shown using it in the Battlefield series.

Battlefield 3Edit

  • The AC-130 has USAF markings on its tail and wings, regardless of which team is operating it.
  • The HUD of the 105mm gunner seat is similar to that of the M1A2 Abrams and M1128, particularly the aiming reticle.
  • Interestingly, two AA guns are mounted on top of the gunship even though they do not appear on any variant of the AC-130 in real life. This is most likely done to counter the gunship's very slow speed and size, as without these the gunship would be taken out easily by any air vehicle.
  • The period of time that the gunship takes to complete a full circle depends on the map size, ranging from 72–120 seconds.
  • Strangely enough, if the gunship is spotted, the player will describe it as a jet, the same can happen in Battlefield 4.
  • The Gunship's description on Battlelog describes it as being armed with a Heavy Machine gun as the first gunner's weapon, although in-game the first gunner operates what appears to be a 40mm Bofors cannon, however it behaves more like the attack helicopter gunner's main gun.
  • On PC, the controls for each position were originally hard-coded to default values, which may have confused players that customized their key bindings. The patch that corrected this removed Thermal Optics from the 105mm cannon position. Both seats now use day optics at all times. Splash damage from the 105mm cannon was also decreased against infantry.

Battlefield 4Edit

  • In alpha multiplayer gameplay, the gunship appeared to carry a fourth passenger in addition to the three gunners.[2]
  • When the AC-130 is destroyed, there's no explosion, it just disappears without a trace.
  • Ramming jets into the AC-130 does not heavily harm either the jet pilot nor AC-130, the jet can just fly off & continue attacking it.

Battlefield HardlineEdit

  • The AC-130 Gunship features the words "United States Air Force" written in Spanish on its side, spelling "Fuerza Aérea de los Estados Unidos". This is erronous as all US military aircraft have their respective branch written in english.
  • The HUD used for the AC-130 gunner seat is the exact same HUD used for the AC-130's 105mm cannon in Battlefield 4, albeit without the Thermal Optics.


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