2002 – Coast Guard Acquires the C-37A Long Range Command and Control Aircraft
The C-37A, a Gulfstream V, was acquired in the second quarter of 2002 to serve as long range command-and-control aircraft that can be used to provide transportation for high-level Coast Guard and government officials. The C-37 is fully capable of long range flight with a range of 6,500 nautical miles. The C-37 replaced the VC-20B.
The C-37A had state-of-the-art avionics system. The flight management system was integrated with a full-function Heads-Up-Display. The flight management system allowed the crew to program the arrival of the aircraft at a point in space at a specific time. ACARS and a Microwave Landing System were installed. In addition the aircraft was equipped with an enhanced ground proximity warning system and an IFF. Digital engine controls maintained operational parameters. The C-37 met the Extended Range with Two-Engine Airplane standards, a criterion previously only met by large commercial aircraft operating over long stretches of water.
|Manufacturer||Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation|
|Fuel Capacity||41,300 pounds|
|Cruise Speed||0.88 Mach|
|Range||6,500 nautical miles @ 0.8 Mach|
|Gross Weight||90,900 pounds|
|Passengers||Up to 12|
|Service Ceiling||51,000 feet|
|Sea Level Climb||3,810 feet per minute|
|Engines (2)||BMW-Rolls-Royce BR-710– rated 14,750 pounds thrust per engine|