cg9 banner

CGNR 2010, an HC-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft outfitted with the Minotaur Mission System Suite, departs Waco, Texas, for Elizabeth City, North Carolina, following its acceptance by the Coast Guard April 6, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Coast Guard Accepts Second HC-130J Outfitted With Minotaur From Baseline Configuration

April 10, 2018

The Coast Guard accepted another HC-130J outfitted with the Minotaur Mission System Suite from the baseline C-130J configuration April 6, 2018. The work was completed at the L3 Technologies Inc. Integrated Systems Platform Integration Division in Waco, Texas, today.

Minotaur is government-owned and -operated mission system architecture that integrates imagery and data from multiple aircraft sensor streams, allowing operators to track targets and transmit information to other platforms and units. The mission system is also used by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The aircraft, CGNR 2010, entered the Minotaur integration process in Waco in March 2017. CGNR 2010 now joins seven other HC-130Js in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The location and missionization status of all Coast Guard HC-130Js is now as follows:

Missionization Status



Operating with legacy mission system

CGNR 2001, CGNR 2002, CGNR 2007

Elizabeth City,
North Carolina

Minotaur prototype

CGNR 2003

Elizabeth City,
North Carolina

Missionized with Minotaur from production

CGNR 2009, CGNR 2010

Elizabeth City,
North Carolina

Retrofitted with Minotaur

CGNR 2004, CGNR 2008

Elizabeth City,
North Carolina

Undergoing missionization from baseline C-130J configuration

CGNR 2011

Waco, Texas
(L3 Technologies)

Undergoing a Minotaur retrofit

CGNR 2005, CGNR 2006

Waco, Texas
(L3 Technologies)

On order

CGNR 2012, CGNR 2013, CGNR 2014

Marietta, Georgia
(Lockheed Martin)

The next HC-130J to complete missionization is planned for delivery this summer.

For more information: HC-130J program page and Minotaur program page