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.
The Coast Guard transferred one of its C-27J Spartan medium range surveillance aircraft to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, Sept. 28, 2017, to become the prototype for C-27J missionization.
Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento, California, is operating with its full complement of aircraft following delivery of the sixth C-27J Spartan medium range surveillance aircraft May 1, 2017.
The Coast Guard is integrating 14 C-27Js into its medium range surveillance aircraft fleet, along with its HC-144 Ocean Sentries, to perform drug and migrant interdiction, disaster response, and search and rescue missions. Following missionization, the aircraft’s range, endurance, speed and payload will make it a valuable asset in addressing the Coast Guard’s maritime flight-hour gap.
Under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014, 13 C-27J aircraft were regenerated from a preserved status at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona. A 14th aircraft was transferred to the Coast Guard after formal acceptance by the Air Force in April 2017.
As delivered, the C-27Js are outfitted with weather radar and communications equipment capable of supporting transport and other Coast Guard missions. The Coast Guard is working with Naval Air Systems Command to determine which additional specialized equipment should be installed to enhance and expand the aircraft’s capabilities. The C-27J missionization package is based on the Minotaur mission system architecture that the Coast Guard is implementing across the rest of its fixed-wing fleet. The first Spartan entered the mission system integration process at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, in September 2017.
The HC-27J Asset Project Office (APO), at Elizabeth City, North Carolina, oversaw the aircraft regeneration process and is assisting with missionization as well as conducting many of the acquisition duties, including development of Coast Guard-specific crew duties, procedures, technical manuals, curricula, and test and evaluation reporting.