June 29, 2017 —
A C-27J medium range surveillance aircraft sits on the runway at the Aviation Logistics Center in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, March 31, 2016. The electro-optical/infrared sensors acquired through the June 19 contract are among the specialized equipment needed to missionize the C-27Js. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua L. Canup.
As part of the Coast Guard’s efforts to equip the service’s C-27J Spartan medium range surveillance aircraft with components that further enhance mission capability, the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to FLIR Systems Inc. of Wilsonville, Oregon, June 19. The contract is worth approximately $17.9 million and includes up to 19 Star Safire 380HD electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) sensors for the Coast Guard’s C-27J fleet.
The contract also includes software, cables, controller units, mounting hardware, technical engineering services and logistics support. Work will be performed in Wilsonville and at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.
The high-definition EO/IR sensors are among the specialized equipment needed to missionize the C-27Js and will improve detection and identification capabilities over the night vision goggles currently used on the aircraft. The units are also being installed across the Coast Guard’s other new fixed-wing platforms: the HC-144 Ocean Sentry medium range surveillance aircraft and HC-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft.
For more information: Medium Range Surveillance Aircraft program page