Program Executive Office for Fixed Wing (PEO-FW) delivers Special Operations
(SO)-peculiar manned and unmanned fixed wing airpower capabilities to effectively
enable Special Operations Forces (SOF). PEO-FW partners with the Warfighter
and various development and support organizations to synchronize acquisition
activities to field an array of advanced technology sensors, defensive countermeasures,
advanced avionics, and mission training systems. This process ensures SOF fixed
wing aircraft can accomplish its missions in expected threat environments and
address supportability challenges of an aging legacy fleet.
USSOCOM's manned and unmanned fixed wing aircraft provide the backbone for
SOF airborne mobility, aerial refueling support, airborne precision engagement,
and aerial surveillance capabilities. They provide critical infiltration and
exfiltration, and they resupply capabilities for SOF in and out of hostile
territory through weapon systems such as the MC-130P Combat Shadow, MC-130H
Combat Talon II, and CV-22 Osprey aircraft. The AC-130H Spectre, AC-130U Spooky,
and the MC-130W Dragon Spear provide critical precision engagement and close-air
support. Various manned and unmanned systems deliver real-time aerial surveillance
of the battlefield for the individual Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, and
Task Force Commander.
The low-density, high-demand nature of the SOF fixed wing fleet is a key
driver in the acquisition approaches used to continue to improve and sustain
the force. The high operational tempo of these aircraft requires innovative
means to incorporate capability and sustainment improvements while ensuring
adequate aircraft availability.