First test flight for Coast Guard missionized HC-130J – Photo

The Coast Guard's first missionized HC-130J aircraft flew it's first test flight on January 24, 2008.

Greenville, S.C. – Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) recently granted an Interim Flight Clearance for the Coast Guard?s first missionized HC-130J Long Range Surveillance (LRS) Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA), and it flew its first test flight on Thursday, January 24. This significant milestone achievement signals the beginning of Mission System flight test operations.

Highlights of the extensive modifications include: a belly-mounted 360-degree surface search radar, Direction Finder system, nose-mounted electro-optical/infrared radar, an airborne Automatic Identification System and new communications systems. The new equipment is designed to deliver enhanced search, detection and tracking capabilities to perform maritime search and rescue, law enforcement and homeland security missions.

Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin.

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