First Coast Guard Minotaur Aircraft Conducts Search And Rescue–CG-9

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.

4 thoughts on “First Coast Guard Minotaur Aircraft Conducts Search And Rescue–CG-9

  1. Update on Minotaur and C-130J status.

    Missionization Status/Aircraft/Location
    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)

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