USAF MC-130J to load AGM-158 JASSMs, as part of Rapid Dragon.

U.S. service members in the Ninth Air Force (Air Forces Central) demonstrated the capability for the #MC130J to load, unload, forward arm, and arm the aircraft with the (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile) AGM-158 JASSMs, as part of Rapid Dragon.

Rapid Dragon is a precision munitions capability for medium-sized or larger cargo aircraft that allows U.S. forces a flexible rapid response option.

“We practiced loading the JASSM collocated with the aircraft, to ensure our processes are in place, in the event forward arm for the F-16s or any of the bomber at a forward location, we can do that quickly and effectively,” said Maj. Anthony Belviso, Special Operations Task Group – Central operations director.

The RAPID DRAGON palletized munitions system is capable of deploying long-range cruise missiles using standard airdrop procedures from cargo aircraft like the MC-130J operated by Air Force Special Operations Command.

U.S. military and its coalition partners are poised and ready to respond to any aggression in the region. Our regional partnership and our commitment is to protect and defend toward the goal of a secure and stable Middle East.

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