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