A U.S. Air Force EC-130J aircraft, identical to the one being used daily against Cuba in attempts to broadcast anti-government propaganda, was used in the very first hours of the aggression against Libya with the two objectives of "intoxicating" citizens with anti-government information and sabotaging the country’s telecommunications system.
Some years ago, the Pentagon ordered the remodeling of three EC-130J aircraft looking to use them in military operations designed to intercept the communications system of a country under attack and to spread material in favor of U.S. interference.
Nicknamed the "Commando Solo", the aircraft is well-equipped with all types of radio transmitters and interference systems. It can also broadcast its own signal on the AM, FM, UHF and VHF TV communications bands while obstructing land-based communications, as was the case during the wars in Bosnia and Iraq.
In the hours following the UN decision to initiate the war on Libya, the U.S. Air Force's 193rd Special Operations Wing, which possesses a fleet of these aircraft, sent one of them to the Mediterranean Sea area.
The U.S. army terms EC-130 operations "200-mile tasks", given that these aircraft can engage in sabotage and misinformation within a range of 200 miles in any direction from coastlines and broadcast up to 1,000 watts of effective power.
The owners of Jose Marti Radio and TV purchased a "Commando Solo" aircraft in 2006 to broadcast anti-government propaganda from Miami to Cuba. This purchase, at a cost of $10 million, had one single result: confirming Marti TV’s invisibility on the island.
In spite of its state of the art development, this EC-130J aircraft was never able to disseminate its propaganda in Cuba because it was blocked by the island’s modest but efficient technology, capable of blocking the airwave aggression. In fact, the only result achieved by U.S. specialists in their mission was to waste a few millions more of taxpayers’ contributions.