Medium Range Surveillance Aircraft
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The Coast Guard on Aug. 29, 2018, awarded a $15.1 million contract to L-3 Communications Integrated Systems to provide the Coast Guard with a C-27J operational flight trainer (OFT), ancillary devices, spare parts and documentation in support of training requirements of C-27J pilots.
The Coast Guard conducted a preliminary design review of the systems engineering status and approaches for the C-27J missionization at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, Nov. 6-8, 2017. Naval Air Systems Command is the lead systems integrator for the C-27J missionization.
The HC-27J Asset Project Office (APO) in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, took custody of the Coast Guard’s 14th and final C-27J, CGNR 2705, Spartan medium range surveillance aircraft Oct. 19, 2017. All of the service’s C-27Js have now undergone regeneration from storage.
An HC-144 Ocean Sentry medium range surveillance aircraft entered Minotaur mission system installation at the Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center (ALC) in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Oct. 2, 2017. This is the first aircraft to enter the ALC Minotaur production line and third HC-144 outfitted with Minotaur.
The HC-144 Ocean Sentry and the C-27J make up the Coast Guard’s medium range surveillance aircraft fleet. These aircraft are instrumental in providing the capability necessary for the Coast Guard to fulfill its maritime patrol, drug and migrant interdiction, disaster response, and search and rescue missions more effectively.
Why this program?
The program was established in fiscal year 2002 to expand the Coast Guard’s patrol hour capacity and replace the aging aircraft fleet. The Coast Guard needed greater endurance to remain on-scene longer and track targets for longer periods of time. Improved sensor capability and increased passenger capacity also were identified as necessary for better mission effectiveness.
How is the fleet being acquired?