The following from the CG-9 web site.
Aug. 14, 2017
The first Coast Guard aircraft outfitted with the Minotaur mission system suite – CGNR 2003, an HC-130J long range surveillance aircraft based at Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina – conducted its first operational search and rescue mission Aug. 7.
The Minotaur mission system suite integrates multiple sensor data streams and easily tracks detected targets, sending improved information to other platforms and units. CGNR 2003 is currently used to train new mission system operators and build familiarization with the system.
After receiving news of a distress signal from Sector Hampton Roads, Virginia, during a routine training flight, the aircraft located the sailboat in Pamlico Sound, North Carolina, and used its sensors to determine that the vessel was disabled. The HC-130J transmitted vessel location information to the MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter launched by Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, so it could transport the sailor to the nearest hospital.
What I think significant and new here is the quality of the video, particularly as you see the small sailboat, remembering that this video is taken from a moving C-130. This is only a part of the Minotaur system that is going on all Coast Guard fixed wing search aircraft. The Minotaur system is shared with the Navy and other Federal agencies.
Some additional info on Minotaur. http://seapowermagazine.org/stories/20170404-p8.html
Third Minotaur system C-130 and the first to have legacy system replaced. http://www.dcms.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Acquisitions-CG-9/Newsroom/minotaur_110717/
Update on Minotaur and C-130J status. http://www.dcms.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Acquisitions-CG-9/Newsroom/HC130J_030518/
Operating with legacy mission system/CGNR 2001, CGNR 2002, CGNR 2007/Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Minotaur prototype/CNGR 2003/Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Missionized with Minotaur from production/CGNR 2009/Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Retrofitted with Minotaur/CGNR 2004, CGNR 2008/Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Undergoing missionization from baseline C-130J configuration/CGNR 2010, CGNR 2011/Waco, Texas (L3 Technologies)
Undergoing a Minotaur retrofit/CGNR 2005, CGNR 2006/Waco, Texas (L3 Technologies)
On order/CGNR 2012, CGNR 2013, CGNR 2014/Marietta, Georgia (Lockheed Martin)
Current status of Minotaur/C-130J programs. https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Acquisitions-CG-9/Newsroom/HC130J_062118/
From the CG-9 web site. https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Acquisitions-CG-9/Newsroom/Latest-Acquisition-News/Article/1708823/coast-guard-accepts-delivery-of-minotaur-missionized-hc-130j/
The Coast Guard accepted delivery of an HC-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft retrofitted with the new Minotaur mission system suite Nov. 16 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
CGNR-2006 is the first aircraft in the service’s fleet that includes a multi-function control display unit specifically designed by the Coast Guard – with support from the U.S. Navy and Johns Hopkins University – to control mission system radios, better interact with the Minotaur software, eliminate technical issues and reduce obsolescence cost.
Minotaur is a government owned and operated mission system architecture that integrates imagery and data from multiple aircraft sensor streams, allowing operators to track targets and transmit information to other platforms and units. L3 Technologies Inc. Integrated Systems Platform Integration Division in Waco, Texas, has been incorporating Minotaur into both new and existing Coast Guard HC-130J aircraft under a five-year contract.
The Coast Guard currently has 15 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
“Final HC-130J with Legacy Mission System Inducted Into Minotaur Missionization”
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