Armor & Mobility

FEB 2017

Military magazines in the United States and Canada, covering Armor and Mobility, focuses on tactical vehicles, C4ISR, Special Operations Forces, latest soldier equipment, shelters, and key DoD programs

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operations any time, any place. This requires the FARP team to be ready to deploy to remote locations 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Within the last year, FARP team members have been on multiple deployments for more than 100 days that supported missions such as combat search and rescue, air field seizure and hostage extraction. "Our program is vital to ensuring USSOCOM aircraft have fuel to perform their special operations missions and extend deeper into operating areas," Dunning said. "Without our program, the success of Special Operations Forces missions are limited or significantly degraded. Having the capabilities the FARP program provides is a serious force multiplier and asset to the special operations portfolio." To maintain relevance in the future, the SOF fleet is constantly updating its training methods and assets. In January 2013, AFSOC began modifications on the MC-130J Commando II to create a hybrid C-130 model with the flying proficiencies of the MC-130J and the combat capabilities of an AC-130U gunship. The Commando II flies night time, low visibility, single or multi-ship, low-level air refueling missions for special operations helicopters and tiltrotor aircraft, as well as infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions in hostile territories. The first aircraft was delivered in late 2011 to Cannon AFB with final delivery expected in 2017. "FARP is a must-have capability that will only increase in demand over the next decade," Klohr said. "AFSOC will continue to transform FARP through modernization and sustainment of the program. Bringing on the new MC-130J and new next generation FARP package will ensure our ability to deliver fuel anywhere for the foreseeable future." More info: afsoc.af.mil Staff Sgt. Michael Dunning, the manager for the forward area refueling point (FARP) program with the 1st Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron, hauls a fuel hose from an MC-130H Combat Talon II aircraft as part of a class demonstration at Hurlburt Field, FL. The FARP program is a U.S. Special Operations Command initiative that trains petroleum, oils and lubrication Airmen to perform covert, nighttime refueling operations in deployed locations where fueling stations are not accessible or when air-to-air refueling is not possible. (USAF photo by Senior Airman Andrea Posey) NAVY CONTRACTING SUMMIT MAY 11 - 12, 2017 NAVAL STATION NORFOLK Bringing leaders together to empower solutions UNITED STATES DEFENSE LEADERSHIP You are invited to aaend one of the top defense contracting events of the year: Space is limited. REGISTER NOW! www.defenseleadershipforum.org or call (202)552-0179 x405 Attend the World's Largest Commercial Drone Conference & Exhibition! www.I n te rDro n e.c o m September 6-8, 2017 Rio, Las Vegas www.tacticaldefensemedia.com 18 | Armor & Mobility | February 2017

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