U.S. Air Forces in Europe & Air Forces Africa
Published June 07, 2019
An EC-130H Compass Call prepares to take off to execute the first training mission with an upgraded cockpit acquired via the avionic viability program at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 11, 2016. Since it became operational in 1983, the EC-130H Compass Call has demonstrated its electronic combat power in tactical air operations around the world. (Courtesy Photo/Released)
A U.S. Air Force EC-130H Compass Call, Airmen and support equipment have arrived at Krzesiny Air Base, Poland, to participate in training with other U.S. aircraft and the Polish air force as part of an on-going series of military engagements. During this rotation, U.S. and Polish air forces will conduct training focused on maintaining joint readiness and enhancing interoperability.
The EC-130H and Airmen are deployed from the 55th Electronic Combat Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. The EC-130H and crews will join F-16C fighter jets and Airmen deployed to Krzesiny from the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem AB, Germany.
The EC-130H is an airborne tactical weapon system that uses a heavily modified version of the C-130 Hercules airframe. The system disrupts enemy command and control communications and limits adversary coordination essential for enemy force management. The Compass Call system employs offensive counter-information and electronic attack capabilities in support of U.S. and Coalition tactical air, surface, and special operations forces.
This deployment has been fully coordinated with our NATO ally, Poland. The deployment of the EC-130H to Europe demonstrates U.S. commitment to allies and partners and to enhancing regional security.
More information about the EC-130H can be found here: