The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has transferred the fifth HC-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft outfitted with the Minotaur Mission System Suite, to Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska on July 30.
The aircraft, CGNR 2002, is the fifth and final HC-130J with Minotaur to be stationed at Kodiak. The Minoaur integration was completed at L3 Technologies Inc. Integrated Systems Platform Integration Division in Waco, Texas and the aircraft was accepted by the Coast Guard on June 25 as its 10th missionized HC-130J.
The HC-130J features more advanced engines and propellers than the HC-130H model, and the Minotaur Mission System Suite provides increased capabilities for use of the sensors, radar and intelligence-gathering equipment installed on the aircraft.
The Coast Guard currently has 16 HC-130J aircraft in operational use or in active production. In addition to continuing Minotaur missionization efforts on new aircraft, the service plans to complete a future block upgrade for all its HC-130J aircraft.
Coast Guard HC-130Js are the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) largest airlift asset, providing critical support to DHS partners in addition to carrying 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 then share that information with operational forces.