Officials at the Marietta facility said in a Monday press release that the latest version of the four-engine turboprop aircraft will be "equipped with a precision strike package."
The $1.6 billion program calls for developing 16 AC-130Js to replace aging AC-130Hs. Initial operational capability is planned for 2015.
The AC-130J program will give the Air Force and Special Operations Command a fleet of 33 gunships, including the 17 AC-130Us already in service.
Robins Air Force Base is the Air Force sustainment center for all versions of the venerable C-130.