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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 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.

The Coast Guard accepted CGNR 2009, the first HC-130J outfitted with the Minotaur Mission System Suite directly following production, at the L3 Technologies Inc. Integrated Systems Platform Integration Division in Waco, Texas, Sept. 26, 2017.

 Program Information


  • Minotaur Fact Sheet


Minotaur Mission System

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


  • 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