Coast Guard Takes Delivery Of First Painted C-27J

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    The Coast Guard HC-27J Asset Project Office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, accepted the first C-27J Spartan medium range surveillance aircraft painted in the service’s colors March 30, 2016. The work was completed by Leading Edge Aviation Services in Fort Worth, Texas, under an existing Army contract. CGNR-2706 will be transferred to Air Station Sacramento, California, this summer to continue the station’s transition from the HC-130H to the C-27J. Five Spartan aircraft have been in operation at the APO since completing the regeneration process; the Coast Guard is conducting test flights on a sixth aircraft with the Air Force’s 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group in Tucson, Arizona, where the process to bring the Spartans out of long-term preservation is completed. A second aircraft was delivered to the paint facility March 21, and two of the C-27Js are currently in Sacramento for training purposes. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua L. Canup.

    The Coast Guard is integrating 14 C-27Js into its medium range surveillance aircraft fleet to operate along with its HC-144 Ocean Sentries performing drug and migrant interdiction, disaster response, and search and rescue missions. Following regeneration and missionization, the aircraft’s range, endurance, speed and payload will make it a valuable asset in addressing the Coast Guard’s maritime flight hours gap.

    Under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014, 13 C-27J aircraft are being regenerated from a preserved status at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona. A 14th aircraft will be transferred to the Coast Guard once it is formally accepted by the Air Force. As delivered, the C-27Js are outfitted with weather radar and communications equipment capable of supporting transport and other Coast Guard missions. The Coast Guard intends to equip the planes with an integrated surface search radar, electro-optical/infrared sensors and a standardized Minotaur mission system to enhance their ability to detect, classify and identify maritime targets.

    The HC-27J Asset Project Office, at Elizabeth City, North Carolina, is overseeing regeneration of the aircraft and certifying their airworthiness as well as conducting many of the acquisition duties, including development of Coast Guard-specific crew duties, procedures, technical manuals, curricula, and test and evaluation reporting. Training of pilots and loadmasters is ongoing as the service works toward Air Station Sacramento being operational with C-27Js in 2016. Five aircraft have completed the regeneration process and are stationed at the APO or in Sacramento with a sixth delivery expected in mid-2016; all aircraft are scheduled to complete the regeneration process by 2018. Missionization of the first aircraft is expected to be complete in 2017.

    • Length: 74 feet 6 inches
    • Wingspan: 94 feet 2 inches
    • Height: 31 feet 8 inches
    • Maximum Weight: 70,000 pounds
    • Cruise Speed: 290 knots true airspeed
    • Range: 2,675 nautical miles
    • Endurance: 12 hours
    • Standardized Minotaur mission system across all Coast Guard fixed-wing aircraft (under development)
    • Integrated surface search radar and electro-optical/infrared sensors
    • Military communications
    • Multimode radar
    • Large search windows
    • Night vision goggle capabilities
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