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HC-130J Long Range Surveillance Aircraft

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Status

The Coast Guard accepted its ninth Minotaur Mission System Suite-missionized HC-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft March 8, 2019. Integration was completed at L3 Technologies Inc. Integrated Systems Platform Integration Division in Waco, Texas.


The Coast Guard accepted delivery of its 12th C-130J Dec. 18, 2018, from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Marietta, Georgia.


The Coast Guard accepted delivery of an HC-130J retrofitted with the Minotaur mission system suite Nov. 16 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Work on CGNR-2006 was completed by L3 Technologies Inc. Integrated Systems Platform Integration Division in Waco, Texas.


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.


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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

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.

Why this program?

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 –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:

Missionization Status

Aircraft

Location

Under contract for Minotaur retrofit

CGNR 2001

Elizabeth City,

North Carolina

Minotaur prototype

CGNR 2003

Elizabeth City,

North Carolina

Missionized with Minotaur from production

CGNR 2009, CGNR2011

Kodiak, Alaska

Missionized with Minotaur from production

CGNR 2010

Elizabeth City,

North Carolina

Retrofitted with Minotaur

CGNR 2004, CGNR 2005, CGNR 2006, CGNR 2007

Elizabeth City,

North Carolina

Undergoing missionization from baseline C-130J configuration

CGNR 2012

Waco, Texas

(L3 Technologies)

Undergoing a Minotaur retrofit

CGNR 2002

Waco, Texas

(L3 Technologies)

Undergoing a block upgrade

CGNR 2008

Greenville, SC

(Lockheed Martin)

On order

CGNR 2013, CGNR 2014, CGNR 2015

Marietta, Georgia

(Lockheed Martin)