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Coast Guard Delivers Latest HC-130J For Minotaur Retrofit

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Coast Guard Delivers Latest HC-130J For Minotaur Retrofit

CGNR 2007, an HC-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft, arrives at L3 Technologies Inc. Integrated Systems Platform Integration Division in Waco, Texas, April 30, 2018. This aircraft will be the fifth HC-130J retrofitted with the Minotaur Mission System Suite, not counting the Minotaur prototype. U.S. Coast Guard photo.


The Coast Guard delivered its latest HC-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft to the L3 Technologies Inc. Integrated Systems Platform Integration Division in Waco, Texas, April 30 to undergo replacement of its legacy mission system with Minotaur.

The aircraft, CGNR 2007, will receive Minotaur installation, which is a government-owned and -operated mission system architecture used by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Missionization with the Minotaur Mission System Suite involves modifying the aircraft to incorporate the radar; sensors; and remaining command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment to allow aircrews to gather and process information for transmission to surface and shore operators.

CGNR 2007 previously operated out of Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The location and missionization status of all Coast Guard HC-130Js is now as follows:

Missionization Status

Aircraft

Location

Operating with legacy mission system

CGNR 2001, CGNR 2002

Elizabeth City,
North Carolina

Minotaur prototype

CGNR 2003

Elizabeth City,
North Carolina

Missionized with Minotaur from production

CGNR 2009,

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, CGNR 2007

Waco, Texas
(L3 Technologies)

On order

CGNR 2012, CGNR 2013, CGNR 2014

Marietta, Georgia
(Lockheed Martin)

 

The retrofit of CGNR 2007 is scheduled for completion in early 2019.

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