The new AC-130J Ghostrider gunship has been described by the Air Force‘s Special Operations Command as “the ultimate battle plane,” and according to initial reports, it’s been living up to its reputation in combat.

The replacement for the legendary AC-130U Spooky gunship offers a number of combat capabilities found in its predecessor, including the legendary 105 mm artillery gun that helped make the Spooky gunship a favorite among special operators and Call of Duty players alike. However, where the new AC-130J beats its Spooky precursor is in its operational ceiling, battlefield endurance, and the technology found hidden behind the aircraft’s powerful guns.

An improved sensor suite, new seating that adds a number of safety features for the crew, and a redesign of the interior cargo area all make the new gunship a dramatic shift from the old, even if the two look pretty similar from afar. It also may pack at least one more powerful punch than previous C-130 based gunships… it might be capable of firing AGM-114 Hellfire missiles from underwing. Press releases leading up to the unveiling of the AC-130J claimed that the new platform would have this capability, but once these new planes started hitting the fleet, the Air Force became tight-lipped about its potential as a Hellfire-carrying platform.