HC-130J Long Range Surveillance Aircraft
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The Coast Guard on Aug. 22, 2018, released a request for information (RFI) for the Minotaur mission system suite install and block upgrade for the HC-130J aircraft.
The Coast Guard accepted CGNR 2005, an HC-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft retrofitted with the Minotaur Mission System Suite, at the L3 Technologies Inc. Integrated Systems Platform Integration Division in Waco, Texas, June 14, 2018.
The Coast Guard exercised two contract options, worth a combined total of approximately $29.3 million, to L3 Technologies Integrated Systems Platform Integration Division in Waco, Texas, on Dec. 22, 2017, for installation of the Minotaur mission system suite on two C-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft.
The Coast Guard’s HC-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft provide heavy air transport and long-range maritime patrol capability. Each aircraft is capable of serving as an on-scene command and control platform or as a surveillance platform with the means to detect, classify and identify objects and share that information with operational forces.
The Coast Guard is acquiring a fleet of 22 new, fully missionized HC-130J aircraft to replace its older HC-130Hs.
The HC-130J has a more advanced engine and propellers, which provide a 20 percent increase in speed and altitude, and a 40 percent increase in range over the HC-130H. The new aircraft also features state-of-the-market avionics, including all-glass cockpit displays and improved navigation equipment. The HC-130J’s suite of command, control, communication, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) equipment – comparable to that of the HC-144 Ocean Sentry medium range surveillance aircraft – helps to extend the fleet’s mission capabilities.
The Coast Guard is integrating Minotaur mission system architecture into its fixed-wing aircraft. Missionization includes post-production modification of new C-130J aircraft to incorporate the specialized equipment necessary to carry out Coast Guard missions. The location and missionization status of all Coast Guard HC-130Js is now as follows:
Under contract for Minotaur retrofit
CGNR 2001, CGNR 2002
Missionized with Minotaur from production
CGNR 2009, CGNR 2010
Retrofitted with Minotaur
CGNR 2004, CGNR 2005,
Undergoing missionization from baseline C-130J configuration
Undergoing a Minotaur retrofit
CGNR 2006, CGNR 2007
CGNR 2012, CGNR 2013, CGNR 2014