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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

US Coast Guard to Acquire Additional HC-130Js

The U.S. Coast Guard placed a $218 million order for three additional HC-130Js with Lockheed Martin.

The new order will increase the Coast Guard fleet of HC-130Js from six to nine, and includes funding for two mission suites for the support of Coast Guard search and rescue missions.

The HC-130J is equipped with a two-mission system operator station located behind the pilot and co-pilot. The Coast Guard’s current fleet of HC-130Js meet long-range maritime patrol requirements and also provide heavy air transport for maritime safety and security teams, according to Lockheed Martin.

The additional aircraft are scheduled to be delivered to the Coast Guard in 2015.

“The Coast Guard, like many services in the Hercules family, continues to recapitalize with the C‑130J,” said Jack Crisler, vice president for air mobility at Lockheed Martin. “The C‑130J is without equal in terms of its multi-role, multi-mission flexibility and availability. No aircraft in production — or in development — can match the capabilities of the Super Hercules.”

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