A U.S. Coast Guard HC-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft outfitted with the Minotaur Mission System Suite, arrived at Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, June 3, 2019.
The aircraft, CGNR 2006, is the fourth HC-130J with Minotaur to be stationed at Air Station Kodiak.
The HC-130J features more advanced engines and propellers than the HC-130H model, and the Minotaur mission system provides increased capabilities for use of the sensors, radar and intelligence-gathering equipment installed on the aircraft.
Minotaur is a Navy-owned system and is being incorporated across the Coast Guard fixed wing fleet. Minotaur Mission system architecture incorporates sensors; radar; and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment and enables aircrews to gather and process surveillance information.
The Coast Guard currently has 16 HC-130J aircraft in either operational use or active production. In addition to continued Minotaur missionization efforts on new aircraft, the Coast Guard has plans to do a block upgrade for all its HC-130J aircraft.
The service’s fleet of HC-130Js is the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) largest airlift asset, providing critical support to DHS partners as well as logistical support during routine Coast Guard operations.