Air­bus De­fence and Space de­liv­ers 17th HC-144A air­craft to US Coast Guard

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

Air­bus De­fence and Space, Inc. has de­liv­ered the 17th HC-144A Ocean Sen­try mar­itime pa­trol air­craft to the US Coast Guard. The Ocean Sen­try is based on the Air­bus CN235 tac­ti­cal air­lifter with more than 235 cur­rently in oper­a­tion by 29 coun­tries. This is the sec­ond of three HC144As planned for de­liv­ery this year.

The lat­est air­craft will join a fleet of 16 Ocean Sen­tries op­er­at­ing from Coast Guard Air Sta­tions in Cape Cod, Mas­sachusetts, Mo­bile, Alabama, and Mi­ami. The Coast Guard is plan­ning to stand up the fourth HC144A air sta­tion in Cor­pus Christi, Texas, later this year.

The Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity re­cently recog­nised the Coast Guard’s HC144A pro­gramme as its 2013 DHS Project of the Year. Air­bus De­fence and Space has worked to deliver the Coast Guard this ca­pa­bil­ity con­sis­tently on sched­ule and on cost. The HC-144A achieved ini­tial op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity with the Coast Guard in 2008.

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