L3 Technologies has delivered the first production HC-130J aircraft integrated with a next-generation Minotaur Mission System Suite (MSS+) to the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) for improved long-range surveillance capabilities.
Work was done by L3’s Aerospace Systems business segment, and an aircraft completion ceremony was hosted at its facility in Waco, Texas.
L3 upgraded the aircraft with the government-furnished MSS+ that was developed jointly by the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy, and operated across multiple platforms. Work included integration and testing of the aircraft under the competitively awarded five-year contract. The company will perform full system integration on two additional baseline configuration aircraft and will retrofit four HC-130J aircraft under current awarded contract options. The contract also includes the option of missionizing five additional aircraft.
“Developing and delivering world-class innovative ISR systems is what we do best. It is a key market that we continue to pursue as part of our overall strategy to help our customers achieve their goals,” said Christopher E. Kubasik, L3’s Chief Executive Officer and President. “This important HC-130J modification capability adds to our robust portfolio of work for the Coast Guard with industry-leading C-130 expertise and integration experience to meet the rigors of its challenging and often dangerous missions.”
L3’s history of U.S. Coast Guard support includes communications systems design and production, C4ISR integration equipment and services, and information assurance expertise to several platforms, including the Heritage-class Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC), Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter (FRC) and Legend-class National Security Cutter (NSC). L3 is also providing information assurance and integrated communications products and sustainment work for Coast Guard command centers, as well as supporting legacy cutter upgrade initiatives.
L3 Aerospace Systems has delivered hundreds of C-130 aircraft, performing mission and weapon systems integration, avionics modernization and heavy structural refurbishment for a wide range of customers, including the U.S. Air Force (USAF), the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and numerous international C-130 operators.