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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Mission Systems for HC-130J

Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Coast Guard have exercised contract options valued at $13 million to install mission systems aboard two additional HC-130J aircraft. Once delivered, these aircraft will complete the Coast Guard's planned inventory of six missionized HC-130Js. The aircraft's new mission equipment and sensor packages deliver enhanced search, detection and tracking capabilities. The aircraft modifications include installation of a belly-mounted surface search radar, which provides superior visibility and 360-degree coverage to assist in search and rescue missions. Modifications also include a nose-mounted Electro-Optical/Infra-Red imaging system, a flight deck mission operator station and a mission integrated communication system. The mission system is integrated into the flight area, which allows for the operators to directly coordinate with the rest of the flight crew when responding to critical missions.
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