USAFSOCUnited States Air Force, Special Operations Command (US DoD)
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Such kit can include equipment to mark Temporary Landing Zones or specialist cutting machines for Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) missions, as conducted by the Para-Jumpers or 'PJs' of the USAFSOC.
The original advocate of light air-to-ground weapons was the US Air Force Special Operations Command (USAFSOC) whose fixed-wing Lockheed Martin AC-130H/U Spectre/Spooky II fixed-wing gunships were by the late 1990s restricted to low or selected medium surface-to-air threat scenarios by night.
In 1997 USAFSOC issued a Lethality Enhancement Operational Requirement Document for its AC-130H/U series, calling for an indirect fire weapon (the Special Operations Precision Guided Munition) with a reach of 16nm (30km).