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C-130J Minotaur options exercised

16th January 2018 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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L3 Technologies Integrated Systems has had two contract options exercised by the US Coast Guard (USCG) for installation of the Minotaur mission system suite on two HC-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft, the USCG announced on 12 January.

Minotaur is being used on various platforms across the US Department of Defence and Homeland Security. Installation of the Minotaur system involves modifying the aircraft to incorporate the radar, sensors and C4ISTAR equipment that enable aircrew to collect and process surveillance information for transmission to shore and surface operators.

This work covers missionisation of CGNRs 2012 and 2013, which are currently in baseline production at Lockheed Martin’s facility in Marietta, Georgia.

The Minotaur system is installed on three HC-130Js; these three aircraft are among the seven HC-130Js operating out of Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The other four aircraft are operating with the legacy mission system.

Four additional aircraft are undergoing missionisation at Waco, of which two are receiving retrofits and the other two entered the process from their baseline configuration.

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