U.S. Coast Guard Accepts Second HC-130J Retrofitted With Minotaur Mission System

The U.S. Coast Guard accepted the second HC-130J Super Hercules (CGNR 2010) long range surveillance aircraft outfitted with the Minotaur Mission System Suite from the baseline C-130J configuration April 6, 2018.

The work was completed at the L3 Technologies Inc. Integrated Systems Platform Integration Division in Waco, Texas, on March 10.

Minotaur is mission system architecture that incorporates the sensors; radar; and remaining command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) equipment that enables aircrews to gather and process surveillance information for transmission to shore and surface operators.

Minotaur is government-owned and -operated mission system architecture that integrates imagery and data from multiple aircraft sensor streams, allowing operators to track targets and transmit information to other platforms and units. The mission system is also used by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The Coast Guard is integrating the mission system across its HC-130J, HC-144 and C-27J fixed-wing aircraft.

The aircraft, CGNR 2010, entered the Minotaur integration process in Waco in March 2017. CGNR 2010 now joins seven other HC-130Js in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The next HC-130J to complete missionization is planned for delivery this summer.

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, CGNR 2010 Elizabeth City,
North Carolina
Retrofitted with Minotaur CGNR 2004, CGNR 2008 Elizabeth City,
North Carolina
Undergoing missionization from baseline C-130J configuration 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)

USCG Deputy Commandant for Mission Support

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