Alenia Aermacchi HC-27J “Spartan” The Coast Guard acquired, through an intra-service transfer, 14 Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartans that the U.S. Air Force planned to place in storage. Alenia and Lockheed Martin had worked together to upgrade Alenia’s G.222 for bid entry into the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force Joint Cargo Aircraft competition. The design was changed to use the C-130J Rolls-Royce AE 2100 engine and a six bladed propeller. Other design changes were the C-130J glass cockpit, the fully digital 1553 systems and avionics architecture, and the cargo compartment was updated to increase commonality. The aircraft was given a military designation of C-27J. In March of 2012 the U.S. Coast Guard did an evaluation as to the feasibility of taking over the existing C-27J aircraft from the U.S. Air Force. In early 2013 the Air Force completely shut down the C-27J program and began the decommissioning and storage of the existing aircraft. The Coast Guard wanted all 21 of the C-27Js, The U.S Special Operations Command wanted [...]
EADS HC-144A “Ocean Sentry” The Coast Guard selected the HC-144A “Ocean Sentry” to serve as its new medium range multi-purpose surveillance aircraft. In early 2007 the first three were delivered to the Coast Guard Aviation Repair & Supply Center (AR&SC) at Elizabeth City, North Carolina to undergo installation and testing of mission sensor and communication equipment. The HC-144A was the first major aviation asset to be procured under the Integrated Deepwater System program. The criterion was the acquisition of a capable airframe and to place within it a state-of-the-art embedded command, control, surveillance and reconnaissance system within the larger context of Coast Guard surface, air and information technology mission interoperability. This aircraft is the replacement for the 21 HU-25 Falcon jets which were retired due to aging and obsolescence issues. The HC-144A can be utilized for search and rescue, illegal drug and immigrant interdiction, marine environmental protection, military readiness operations as well as for cargo and personnel transport. It can operate on short, semi prepared runways with soft surfaces. The [...]
TKC Aerospace C-143A “Challenger” The C-143A is a Challenger CL-604 aircraft, which was acquired by the Coast Guard in December 2005 as its new Medium Range Command and Control Aircraft (MRC2A). It provides support exclusively for the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and the Commandant, US Coast Guard. With a marked increase of missions and responsibilities under the Department of Homeland Security the Coast Guard decided to supplement the C-37A Command and Control aircraft. Procurement funds were not available and a request for proposal for a lease, to include an option to purchase, of a Medium Range Command and Control Aircraft was solicited and evaluated. The Full and Open competition was won by TKC Aerospace. The CL 604 is spacious with low cabin noise levels and was arguably the best-selling large corporate jet due to its mission versatility, supreme comfort, and cost efficiency. Amenities include a full service galley, large comfortable leather seating, in-flight accessible baggage and a spacious private lavatory. The number 143 was selected on [...]
Gulfstream C-37A "Gulfstream V" 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.
Agusta MH68 “Stingray” In March 2001, an agreement with Agusta Aerospace Corporation was made to lease eight A109E Power helicopters. HITRON Jacksonville faced many new challenges as they converted a civilian corporate helicopter into an armed shipboard deployable aircraft. These aircraft were equipped with the latest radar and Forward Looking Infrared sensor system capable of recording activities on tape to facilitate prosecution. HITRON armed these helicopters with M-16 5.56mm rifles and M240 7.62mm machine guns for warning shots and self-protection, and the RC50 laser-sighted .50 caliber precision rifle to disable the engines of non-compliant suspect vessels. They were given the military designation of MH-68A. Night shipboard landings, a first for the Coast Guard and now operational procedure Coast Guard wide, were initiated using the ANVIS-9 Night Vision Goggles integrated with the ANVIS-7 heads-up display (HUD) system, and were the first users in the world to operate the latest generation of these night vision devices. For counter drug operations, HITRON aircrews forward deploy aboard Coast Guard cutters for 30-60 day [...]