The U.S. Air Force awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin for the production of one additional C-130J Super Hercules aircraft for the U.S. Coast Guard on Dec. 27, 2019.
This will be the 17th C-130J in the Coast Guard’s fleet and is expected to be delivered in 2024.
The Coast Guard order was part of a larger $3 billion multiyear Air Force contract action that included options for six Coast Guard C-130J aircraft. All contract work will be completed at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ Marietta, Georgia, facility.
The Air Force is the government’s executive agent for all C-130 procurements. The Coast Guard will award separate post-production contracts to configure the aircraft to meet its mission requirements, called missionization and redesignation to an HC-130J.
The Coast Guard currently operates 11 HC-130Js as part of its long-range surveillance aircraft fleet. Two C-130Js are undergoing missionization with delivery expected in February and July 2020. Three additional C-130Js are under construction, with delivery in 2020 and 2023. Upon delivery to the Coast Guard, the missionization of these aircraft will take an additional year.
The Super Hercules carries out many Coast Guard missions, including search and rescue, drug and migrant interdiction, cargo and personnel transport, and maritime stewardship. The aircraft is capable of serving as an on-scene command and control platform or as a surveillance platform with the means to detect, classify and identify objects and share that information with operational forces.