U.S. Coast Guard Delivers HC-130J Super Hercules For Minotaur Retrofit

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) delivered another HC-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft to the L3 Technologies Inc. Integrated Systems Platform Integration Division in Waco, Texas, Feb. 28 to undergo replacement of its legacy mission system with Minotaur.

The aircraft, CGNR 2006, will receive installation of Minotaur, which is government-owned and -operated mission system architecture used by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Missionization with the Minotaur Mission System Suite involves modifying the aircraft to incorporate the radar; sensors; and remaining command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) equipment that allows aircrews to gather and process information for transmission to surface and shore operators.

CGNR 2006 previously operated out of Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The location and missionization status of all Coast Guard HC-130Js is now as follows:

Missionization Status Aircraft Location
Operating with legacy mission system CGNR 2001, CGNR 2002, CGNR 2007 Elizabeth City,
North Carolina
Minotaur prototype CGNR 2003 Elizabeth City,
North Carolina
Missionized with Minotaur from production CGNR 2009 Elizabeth City,
North Carolina
Retrofitted with Minotaur CGNR 2004, CGNR 2008 Elizabeth City,
North Carolina
Undergoing missionization from baseline C-130J configuration CGNR 2010, CGNR 2011 Waco, Texas
(L3 Technologies)
Undergoing a Minotaur retrofit CGNR 2005, CGNR 2006 Waco, Texas
(L3 Technologies)
On order CGNR 2012, CGNR 2013, CGNR 2014 Marietta, Georgia
(Lockheed Martin)

The retrofit of CGNR 2006 is scheduled for completion in late 2018.


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