US Coast Guard to ac­quire three HC-130J sur­veil­lance air­craft


Lockheed Martin re­ceived a $218 mil­lion con­tract for three ad­di­tional HC130Js for the US Coast Guard. This will in­crease the US Coast Guard fleet of HC-130Js from six to nine. The con­tract also in­cludes fund­ing for two mis­sion suites, which are crit­i­cal in sup­port­ing US Coast Guard search and res­cue op­er­a­tions. The new air­craft are sched­uled to be de­liv­ered in early 2015.

“The Coast Guard, like many ser­vices in the Her­cules fam­ily, con­tin­ues to re­cap­i­tal­ize with the C130J,” said Jack Crisler, Lockheed Martin Vice Pres­i­dent for Air Mo­bil­ity. “The C130J is with­out equal in terms of its multi-role, multi-mis­sion flex­i­bil­ity and avail­abil­ity. No air­craft in pro­duc­tion — or in devel­op­ment — can match the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the Su­per Her­cules.”

The cur­rent fleet of HC-130Js, based at Air Sta­tion Elizabeth City, meets long-range mar­itime pa­trol re­quire­ments in ar­eas that can­not be pa­trolled ef­fi­ciently by medium-range sur­veil­lance air­craft or cut­ters. The long-range sur­veil­lance (LRS) air­craft also pro­vide heavy air trans­port for mar­itime safety and se­cu­rity teams, port se­cu­rity units, and Na­tional Strike Force per­son­nel and equip­ment.

The HC-130J’s spe­cial mis­sion suite is com­prised of a two mis­sion sys­tem op­er­a­tor sta­tion lo­cated be­hind the pi­lot and co-pi­lot, a belly-mounted 360-de­gree lon­grange search radar, nose-mounted for­ward look­ing in­frared radar and an ad­vanced mis­sion com­mu­ni­ca­tions suite. The mis­sionised HC-130J is de­signed to de­liver en­hanced search, de­tec­tion and track­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties. this type of radar. The RBE2 AESA brings the Rafale a num­ber of key op­er­a­tional ben­e­fits —ex­tended range ca­pa­bil­i­ties sup­port­ing low-ob­serv­able tar­get de­tec­tion and full use of new weapon sys­tems such as the Me­teor air-to-air mis­sile—higher re­li­a­bil­ity for re­duced main­te­nance and lower through-life sup­port costs—greater wave­form agility for SAR (syn­thetic aper­ture radar) imag­ing and im­proved re­sis­tance to jam­ming.

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