Commando Solo in Brief

By Harold Kennedy

Commando Solo is a specially modified EC-130E designed to conduct psychological operations broadcasts in the standard AM, FM, HF, television and military communications bands.

The aircraft can transmit in a frequency range of 450 KHz to 1000 MHz and is capable of broadcasting at a maximum power output of 10 kilowatts in MF, HF and television band widths. It also can produce one kilowatt output in the VHF range.

Armed with audio-cassette recorders, 10-inch reel-to-reel recorders, 1/2 inch VHS and 3/4 inch U-matic video-cassette recorders, realtime relay of received signals, noise modulators and aircrew microphones, Commando Solo can provide an airborne broadcast platform for virtually any contingency, Army officials said.

Typically, a mission includes one orbit high above the desired target audience. Missions are flown at the maximum altitude possible, officials explained, to ensure optimum propagation patterns.


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