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EC-130E Senior Scout

Definition/Scope: The EC-130E Senior Hunter consisted of a pair of aircraft that provide airlift for the Air Intelligence Agency (former Air Force Intelligence Command) Senior Scout mission during the 1980’s. Senior Scout operations were of mixed durations with extended orbit delays planned at the aircraft operating ceiling, and may have required multiple air refueling. Some missions may require a combat profile, with a low altitude profile enroute to the mission orbit area. The electronic environment may be hostile, with enemy ability to jam all communications radios and electronic transmission systems; to intercept and use intelligence information transmitted over nonsecure electronic systems and radios; and to pinpoint the position of the aircraft emitting any electronic transmission or signal. The Senior Scout system is a radio signal monitoring sensor package carried by the C-130. The EC-130E Comfy Levi variant of the Volant Solo psychological warfare version of the C-130 Hercules (the other variant is Rivet Rider) is a C-130E operated by the Pennsylvania ANG, 193rd Special Operations Wing that accommodates this pallet-mounted SIGINT suite. The EC-130E was re-designated as the EC-130J in 2004 with no change in mission.



Used For:

signal intelligence

Broader Terms:

EC-130 electronic support aircraft

Narrower Terms:

high frequency
IBS
Link 16
satellite communication
surveillance aircraft by name
ultrahigh frequency
very high frequency

Related Terms:

C-130 Hercules
EC-130H Compass Call
special forces
special operations aircraft


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