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The Coast Guard completed the final HC-130J Super Hercules Minotaur retrofit Sept. 13, 2019 at L3 Technologies in Waco, Texas.


The Coast Guard accepted its 13th C-130J April 10, 2019, from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Marietta, Georgia.


The Coast Guard transferred its fourth HC-144B, CGNR 2317, Ocean Sentry medium range surveillance aircraft outfitted with both the Ocean Sentry Refresh (OSR) modifications and the Minotaur mission system into the fleet Feb. 19, 2019. In another action, the Coast Guard delivered CGNR 2301, the first of 3 planned HC-144Bs to Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, on Feb. 20, 2019, marking the second air station to support HC-144B operations to date.


The Coast Guard accepted its eighth Minotaur Mission System Suite-missionized HC-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft Feb. 2, 2019. Integration was completed at L3 Technologies Inc. Integrated Systems Platform Integration Division in Waco, Texas.


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.

Minotaur Mission System

Minotaur Mission System

Minotaur workstations, like the one shown above on the HC-130J, offer improved integration and presentation of video, flight data and other sensor information.


The Coast Guard is outfitting its new fixed-wing surveillance aircraft fleet with Minotaur mission system architecture. Minotaur incorporates sensors; radar; and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment and enables aircrews to gather and process surveillance information that can be transmitted to other platforms and units during flight. The system was originally developed by the Navy and is used across multiple Defense and Homeland Security department platforms.

Why this program?

Minotaur integration was driven by obsolescence concerns: the legacy processors could not run the updated systems needed for optimal mission execution. Compared to these, Minotaur offers significant increases in speed and memory capability. The system is open-architecture and government-owned, so the Coast Guard will have more control over upgrades and be able to implement them more affordably. The Coast Guard is also taking advantage of Department of Defense logistics, including maintenance, training and spare parts, to keep life cycle costs down.

How are the upgrades implemented?

The Coast Guard formally decided to integrate Minotaur into the HC-130J and HC-144 fleets in September 2013. By this time, integration of the system into Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Navy maritime patrol aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems had already begun.

The Coast Guard is working with Naval Air Systems Command to develop Minotaur to meet Coast Guard mission requirements, and the Coast Guard’s Minotaur Mission System Integration Lab at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland is leading the development and integration work. Prototype installation for all aircraft began at Patuxent River.

 

 

HC-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft

The first aircraft in the Coast Guard fleet outfitted with Minotaur, CGNR 2003, was inducted into the mission system modification process in July 2015 and began test flights in June 2016. CGNR 2003 was delivered to the fleet in June 2017. The aircraft is based out of Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, where it is currently used to train new mission system operators. It completed its first search and rescue case with Minotaur Aug. 7, 2017. The Coast Guard oversees Minotaur integration on the aircraft at L3 Technologies Integrated Systems Platform Integration Division in Waco, Texas.

HC-144 Ocean Sentry medium range surveillance aircraft

The first Minotaur HC-144, CGNR 2307, was inducted into modification July 12, 2016. It was delivered to the fleet in July 2017 and is now used for training at Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama. HC-144 Minotaur production began at the Aviation Logistics Center (ALC) in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, in October 2017. The first two HC-144 aircraft to undergo Minotaur modifications at the ALC will have received separate Ocean Sentry Refresh upgrades, which update the aircraft’s avionics. The Coast Guard will combine Minotaur and Ocean Sentry Refresh modifications into one conversion process in fiscal year 2018.

C-27J Spartan medium range surveillance aircraft

The service is also basing the C-27J missionization package on the Minotaur mission system. Mission system integration on the first C-27J will begin at Patuxent River in fall 2017. Upon missionization, the aircraft will be redesignated as HC-27J.

Minotaur workstations, like the one shown above on the HC-130J, offer improved integration and presentation of video, flight data and other sensor information.


Features

  • Commonality of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance components and capabilities across all Coast Guard fixed-wing surveillance aircraft
  • Interoperability with multiple Defense and Homeland Security department platforms
  • Real-time tracking and Rescue 21 integration to enhance common operating picture and maritime domain awareness
  • Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast technology to receive traffic and weather broadcasts and information about other aircraft, including identification, position and altitude
  • Tactical screen replay to review a target’s entire flight in seconds and track the target via its trajectory, even if the target stops broadcasting information or otherwise evades the sensors

Minotaur: In the News

2019

Sept. 16, 2019 - Final HC-130J with Legacy Mission System Completes Minotaur Missionization

July 25, 2019 - Coast Guard Acquisition Excellence On Full Display At DHS Awards Ceremony

July 2, 2019 - Coast Guard Accepts 10th Missionized HC-130J Aircraft

April 29, 2019 - Coast Guard Accepts 13th C-130J Aircraft

March 28, 2019 - Final HC-130J with Legacy Mission System Inducted Into Minotaur Missionization

March 13, 2019 - Coast Guard Delivers Missionized HC-144s to Fleet

Feb. 12, 2019 - Coast Guard Accepts Missionized HC-130J Aircraft

2018

Dec. 10, 2018 - Coast Guard Accepts Delivery of Minotaur Missionized HC-130J

Sept. 10, 2018 - Coast Guard Releases Request for Information on HC-130J Missionization, Upgrades

June 22, 2018 - Coast Guard Awards HC-130J Minotaur Mission System Suite Retrofit Option, Accepts Separate HC-130J Following Minotaur Retrofit

May 17, 2018 - Coast Guard Delivers Latest HC-130J For Minotaur Retrofit

April 10, 2018 - Coast Guard Accepts Second HC-130J Outfitted With Minotaur From Baseline Configuration

March 5, 2018 - Coast Guard Delivers HC-130J For Minotaur Retrofit

Feb. 7, 2018 - Coast Guard Accepts HC-130J Following Minotaur Retrofit

Jan. 12, 2018 - Coast Guard Exercises HC-130J Minotaur Installation Options

2017

Nov. 7, 2017 - Coast Guard Accepts First HC-130J Retrofitted With Minotaur Under Missionization Contract

Oct. 11, 2017 - HC-144 Minotaur Installation Begins At ALC

Sept. 29, 2017 - Coast Guard Transfers First C-27J For Missionization Work

Sept. 27, 2017 - Coast Guard Accepts First HC-130J Outfitted With Minotaur From Baseline Configuration

Sept. 20, 2017 - Minotaur Aircraft Provide Imagery, Transport Cargo And Personnel In Hurricanes’ Aftermath

Aug. 14, 2017 - First Coast Guard Minotaur Aircraft Conducts Search And Rescue

July 28, 2017 - HC-144 Minotaur Prototype Delivered To Fleet

July 11, 2017 - Coast Guard Exercises Option For Fourth HC-130J Minotaur Retrofit

June 21, 2017 - HC-130J Minotaur Prototype Delivered To Fleet

May 25, 2017 - Second HC-130J Enters Minotaur Production

April 25, 2017 - HC-144 Program Reaches Ocean Sentry Refresh, Minotaur Mission System Milestones

March 30, 2017 - Coast Guard Awards HC-130J Minotaur Mission System Suite Retrofit Option

2016

Dec. 27, 2016 - Coast Guard Awards HC-130J Minotaur Missionization Option

Dec. 12, 2016 - Coast Guard Highlights HC-130J Mission Capabilities At Patuxent River Air Show

Aug. 8, 2016 - Senior Coast Guard Officials Observe Minotaur Demonstration

Aug. 2, 2016 - Coast Guard Conducts HC-144B Minotaur Risk-Reduction Flights

July 20, 2016 - Coast Guard Establishes HC-130J Minotaur Fleet Integration Team

July 14, 2016 - Coast Guard Begins HC-144B Minotaur Prototype Integration

June 21, 2016 - Coast Guard Begins HC-130J Minotaur Prototype In-Flight Testing

2015

Sept. 22, 2015 - Coast Guard Awards Contract For C-130J Missionization With Minotaur

March 13, 2015 - Coast Guard Issues RFP For C-130J Missionization With Minotaur