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Coast Guard awards HC-144 missionization equipment contract


Chief Warrant Officer Robert Sunderland

Chief Warrant Officer Robert Sunderland, technical lead for Minotaur Mission system integration, demonstrates data fusion and graphics processing capabilities on the Minotaur mission system prototype HC-144B Ocean Sentry medium range surveillance aircraft April 13, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Loretta Haring.

The Coast Guard awarded a contract to TFab Defense Systems LLC of Madison, Alabama, Aug. 30 for Minotaur mission system workstation units (PODs) and integration equipment for use on its HC-144B Ocean Sentry medium range surveillance aircraft.

The base award is worth approximately $7.5 million, which covers production and delivery of 16 Minotaur mission system PODs and eight aircraft integration kits. Each POD will process mission data and video, provide communications capabilities and control aircraft sensors. Each HC-144 will operate with two PODs, which can be removed to accommodate mission requirements.

The full contract covers production and delivery of up to 32 Minotaur PODs and up to 16 kits for aircraft integration. It has a total value of approximately $15.4 million if all options are exercised.

The HC-144Bs’ Minotaur integration will be conducted at the Aviation Logistics Center in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, starting later this year. The HC-144B Minotaur prototype was delivered to the fleet July 28.

For more information: Medium Range Surveillance Aircraft program page