23 thoughts on “J Model C-130 Status

  1. “The Coast Guard accepted delivery of its eighth missionized HC-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft at Lockheed Martin’s Greenville, South Carolina, plant Dec. 12.

    “Missionization is the process of installing Coast Guard-specific integrated radar, sensor and communications systems. The aircraft CGNR 2008 is missionized with the legacy system currently installed on six HC-130Js operating out of Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina. It is the last HC-130J to receive the legacy mission system before the Coast Guard upgrades the fleet with the Minotaur mission system processor.

    “The aircraft is the third HC-130J to enter the Minotaur mission system production program. The Coast Guard began flight testing of the Minotaur prototype aircraft in June 2016. The Minotaur prototype aircraft operates out of Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, and was also originally outfitted with the legacy system. Four additional aircraft are currently in production or under contract, with delivery of baseline configuration aircraft scheduled to begin later this month.”

    https://www.uscg.mil/acquisition/newsroom/updates/HC130J_121916.asp

  2. From CG-9. https://www.uscg.mil/acquisition/newsroom/updates/HC130J_122716.asp

    The Coast Guard on Dec. 16 awarded an option worth approximately $14.6 million to L-3 Communications Integrated Systems Platform Integration Division in Waco, Texas, for Minotaur missionization of what will be the 11th HC-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft in its fleet.

    The 11th HC-130J is currently in production and is scheduled for delivery in its baseline configuration in early 2018. Following this delivery, the aircraft will undergo installation of Minotaur mission system software and integrated radar, sensor and communications systems specific to the Coast Guard’s needs. This missionization is planned to take about a year.

    The Coast Guard has eight HC-130Js missionized with its legacy system. Six of these aircraft are operating out of Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina. One has been retrofitted with the Minotaur mission system to become the Minotaur prototype and is based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, for continued testing. Another entered the Minotaur integration process Dec. 13, 2016.

    The first Super Hercules to enter the Minotaur integration process in its baseline configuration was CGNR 2009. Its missionization began in April 2016. This aircraft will be used to validate changes made to the Minotaur prototype.

    The 10th aircraft is currently in production and is scheduled for delivery in its baseline configuration in early 2017, after which it will undergo Minotaur missionization. The 12th and 13th aircraft are under contract and are scheduled for delivery in their baseline configuration in 2019.

  3. 14th J model ordered. Press release quoted below.
    http://www.dcms.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Acquisitions-CG-9/Newsroom/HC130J_091517/

    Sept. 15, 2017

    Using funds transferred from the Coast Guard, the Air Force awarded an option Sept. 14 worth approximately $63.5 million to Lockheed Martin Corp. for production of one C-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft, the 14th of the service’s planned acquisition of 22 C-130Js.
     
    The aircraft is scheduled to be delivered in April 2020. All work will be completed at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics facility in Marietta, Georgia.

    The Air Force is the U.S. government’s executive agent for all C-130 procurements. This award is part of a multiyear procurement contract that includes an option for the Coast Guard to acquire a 15th C-130J. Baseline aircraft purchases beyond that will be negotiated via future contract actions.
     
    The Coast Guard has accepted delivery of 10 C-130J aircraft. Four HC-130Js are operating out of Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and are equipped with legacy mission system suite capabilities that will be upgraded to the Minotaur Mission System Suite. A fifth aircraft, the HC-130J Minotaur prototype (CGNR 2003), was delivered to the air station in June.
     
    Production of C-130Js 11-13 is currently underway, with delivery of base configuration aircraft expected in 2018 and 2019. Those aircraft will enter the Minotaur integration process with the L3 Technologies Inc. Integrated Systems Platform Integration Division in Waco, Texas, upon delivery.
     
    For more information: HC-130J Long Range Surveillance Aircraft program page

  4. More info on the program from CG-9. http://www.dcms.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Acquisitions-CG-9/Newsroom/HC130J_112917/

    Coast Guard Accepts 11th C-130J
    Nov. 29, 2017
    The Coast Guard accepted delivery of its 11th C-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ Marietta, Georgia, facility Nov. 21.
    The aircraft was delivered to the Coast Guard in its baseline configuration and will be inducted into the Minotaur mission system suite modification program at L3 Technologies’ Integrated Systems Platform Integration Division in Waco, Texas, later this month. At Waco, the aircraft will receive Coast Guard-specific integrated radar, sensor and communications systems, after which the aircraft will be redesignated as an HC-130J. The Coast Guard’s fleet integration team in Waco oversees this process on the C-130Js. The L3 division will also paint the aircraft prior to its delivery as an HC-130J.
    Of the other 10 aircraft delivered, seven HC-130Js are operating out of Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina: three with Minotaur and four with the legacy mission system. Three aircraft have entered the Minotaur mission system suite modification program in Waco, with the next missionized aircraft delivery scheduled for 2018.
    C-130Js 12-14 are under contract, with delivery of two expected in 2019 and one in 2020.

  5. Status of the Minotaur program. http://www.dcms.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Acquisitions-CG-9/Newsroom/HC130J_011218/
    Coast Guard Exercises HC-130J Minotaur Installation Options
    Jan. 12, 2018
    The Coast Guard exercised two contract options, worth a combined total of approximately $29.3 million, to L3 Technologies Integrated Systems Platform Integration Division in Waco, Texas, on Dec. 22, 2017, for installation of the Minotaur mission system suite on two C-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft.
    Minotaur is used on multiple platforms across the departments of Defense and Homeland Security. Installation of the system, or missionization, involves modifying the aircraft to incorporate the radar; sensors; and remaining command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment that allows aircrews to gather and process surveillance information for transmission to shore and surface operators.
    These two contract options will cover missionization of CGNRs 2012 and 2013, which are currently in baseline production at Lockheed Martin’s Marietta, Georgia, facility. Minotaur installation is complete on three HC-130Js: CGNR 2003, the HC-130J Minotaur prototype; CGNR 2008, the first to receive a mission system retrofit at Waco; and CGNR 2009, the first to undergo Minotaur installation from the baseline C-130J configuration. 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 missionization at Waco: two are receiving retrofits, and two entered the process from their baseline configuration.

  6. CG-9 reports the CG has accepted its 13th J model C-130. You will have to go here to see the photo and to use the links, but I have reproduced the text. https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Acquisitions-CG-9/Newsroom/Latest-Acquisition-News/Article/1827350/coast-guard-accepts-13th-c-130j-aircraft/

    The Coast Guard’s 13th C-130J takes off from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Marietta, Georgia, on April 10, 2019. CGNR 2013 will perform warranty and test flights at Elizabeth City, North Carolina until April 30, 2019. CGNR 2013 will later be outfitted with Minotaur software as well as Coast Guard-specific integrated radar, sensors and communication systems in a process called missionization. Photo by Thinh D. Nguyen, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.

    The Coast Guard accepted its 13th C-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft April 10, 2019, from the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ Marietta, Georgia, facility.
    The aircraft was delivered to the Coast Guard in its baseline configuration and flown to Elizabeth City, North Carolina. It will be inducted into the Minotaur mission system suite modification program at L3 Technologies’ Integrated Systems Platform Integration Division in Waco, Texas, April 30. In this program, CGNR 2013 will be outfitted with Minotaur software as well as Coast Guard-specific integrated radar, sensors and communication systems in a process called missionization, after which the aircraft will be redesignated as an HC-130J.
    The Coast Guard currently has 16 HC-130J aircraft in either operational use or active production. In addition to continued Minotaur missionization efforts on new aircraft, the Coast Guard has plans to do a block upgrade for all its HC-130J aircraft.
    The service’s fleet of HC-130Js is the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) largest airlift asset, providing critical support to DHS partners as well as logistical support during routine Coast Guard operations.
    For more information: HC-130J program page and Minotaur program page

  7. The Coast Guard has accepted the tenth missionized HC-130J. Statement from CG-9 below.

    https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Acquisitions-CG-9/Newsroom/Latest-Acquisition-News/Article/1894628/coast-guard-accepts-10th-missionized-hc-130j-aircraft/

    The Coast Guard on June 25 accepted its 10th HC-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft outfitted with the Minotaur Mission System Suite. Integration was completed at L3 Technologies Inc. Integrated Systems Platform Integration Division in Waco, Texas.
    CGNR 2002 – previously configured with the legacy system – was outfitted with Minotaur software as well as Coast Guard-specific integrated radar, sensors and communication systems in a process called missionization.
    The Coast Guard currently has 16 HC-130J aircraft in operational use or in active production. In addition to continuing Minotaur missionization efforts on new aircraft, the service plans to complete a future block upgrade for all its HC-130J aircraft.
    Coast Guard HC-130Js are the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) largest airlift asset, providing critical support to DHS partners in addition to carrying out many Coast Guard missions, including search and rescue, drug and migrant interdiction, cargo and personnel transport, and maritime stewardship. The aircraft is capable of serving as an on-scene command and control platform or as a surveillance platform with the means to detect, classify and identify objects then share that information with operational forces.

  8. https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Acquisitions-CG-9/Newsroom/Latest-Acquisition-News/Article/1930343/coast-guard-transfers-fifth-hc-130j-to-air-station-kodiak/ 5th and final J model with Minotaur arrives in Kodiak. Quoted below

    “CGNR 2002, an HC-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft outfitted with the Minotaur Mission System Suite, arrived at Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, July 30, 2019. It is the fifth and final HC-130J with Minotaur to be stationed there. The HC-130J features more advanced engines and propellers than the HC-130H model, and the Minotaur Mission System Suite provides increased capabilities for use of the sensors, radar and intelligence-gathering equipment installed on the aircraft.”

  9. Last legacy HC-130J gets Minotaur. https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Acquisitions-CG-9/Newsroom/Latest-Acquisition-News/Article/1961691/final-hc-130j-with-legacy-mission-system-completes-minotaur-missionization/

    “The Coast Guard’s Long Range Surveillance (LRS) Aircraft Program reached a major milestone Sept. 13, 2019, when CGNR 2001 completed the Minotaur Mission System Suite (MSS+) modification program at L3 Technologies Inc. Integrated Aerospace Systems in Waco, Texas. With this delivery, the Coast Guard completed the final HC-130J aircraft retrofit MSS+ installation, so all LRS aircraft in the fleet now use the Minotaur system.
    “Mission system architecture incorporates sensors; radar; and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment, and enables aircrews to gather and process surveillance information.
    “The Coast Guard currently has 16 HC-130J aircraft in operational use or in active production. In addition to continuing Minotaur missionization efforts on new aircraft, the service plans to complete a future block upgrade for all its HC-130J aircraft.
    “Coast Guard HC-130Js carry out many Coast Guard missions, including search and rescue, drug and migrant interdiction, cargo and personnel transport, and maritime stewardship. The aircraft is capable of serving as an on-scene command and control platform or as a surveillance platform with the means to detect, classify and identify objects, then share that information with operational forces. As the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) largest airlift asset, it also provides critical support to DHS partners.”

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