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Coast Guard Delivers HC-130J For Minotaur Retrofit

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CGNR 2006 sits on the tarmac

CGNR 2006 sits on the tarmac at the L3 Technologies Inc. Integrated Systems Platform Integration Division in Waco, Texas, March 1, 2018. This HC-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft will be the fourth HC-130J retrofitted with the Minotaur Mission System Suite, not counting the Minotaur prototype. U.S. Coast Guard photo.


The Coast Guard delivered another HC-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft to the L3 Technologies Inc. Integrated Systems Platform Integration Division in Waco, Texas, Feb. 28 to undergo replacement of its legacy mission system with Minotaur.

The aircraft, CGNR 2006, will receive installation of Minotaur, which is 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 that allows aircrews to gather and process information for transmission to surface and shore operators.

CGNR 2006 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, CGNR 2007

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 2010, 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 retrofit of CGNR 2006 is scheduled for completion in late 2018.

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