The U.S. Coast Guard awarded an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to Honeywell International and exercised the base-year option for avionics equipment to support its C-27J Spartan medium range surveillance aircraft, on April 26, 2018.
The contract has a potential value of $15 million if all four option years are exercised. The parts will support aircraft at the HC-27J Asset Project Office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and Air Station Sacramento, California.
U.S. Coast Guard HC-27J Sartan
HC-27J Spartan is a medium-range, fixed-wing surveillance aircraft of the US Coast Guard (USCG). It is based on the C-27J Spartan tactical transport aircraft, manufactured by Italian aerospace and defence company Alenia Aermacchi.
The USCG plans to intergrate a fleet of 14 HC-27J aircraft by 2022 and they will be operated along with the HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft (based on Airbus Military CN-235), to perform drug and migrant interdiction, disaster response, and search and rescue (SAR) missions.
Following missionization, the aircraft’s range, endurance, speed and payload will make it a valuable asset in addressing the Coast Guard’s maritime flight-hour gap.
Under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014, 13 C-27J aircraft were regenerated from a preserved status at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona. A 14th aircraft was transferred to the Coast Guard after formal acceptance by the Air Force in April 2017.
As delivered, the C-27Js are outfitted with weather radar and communications equipment capable of supporting transport and other Coast Guard missions. The Coast Guard is working with Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to determine which additional specialized equipment should be installed to enhance and expand the aircraft’s capabilities. The C-27J missionization package is based on the Minotaur mission system architecture that the Coast Guard is implementing across the rest of its fixed-wing fleet. The first Spartan entered the mission system integration process at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, in September 2017.
The HC-27J Asset Project Office (APO), at Elizabeth City, North Carolina, oversaw the aircraft regeneration process and is assisting with missionization as well as conducting many of the acquisition duties, including development of Coast Guard-specific crew duties, procedures, technical manuals, curricula, and test and evaluation reporting.
Air Station Sacramento, California, is the first operational unit using C-27Js and began operating with its full complement of aircraft after delivery of its sixth Spartan May 1, 2017. Seven aircraft are stationed at the APO.