Naval Air Systems Awards Hughes $3.5M Contract for Coast Guard Comms
Monday, March 30, 2020 | Comments

The U.S. Naval Air Systems (NAVAIR) selected Hughes Network Systems to provide satellite communications systems integration for the U.S. Coast Guard on its HC-27J aircraft. Under the $3.5 million agreement, Hughes will integrate beyond-line-of-sight (BLoS) systems to strengthen the Coast Guard's airborne communications on the move (COTM), including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), humanitarian aid and disaster relief (HADR).

The latest contract, which follows completion of a 2018 award to Hughes for BLoS system integration, Hughes will integrate components from technology providers CPI Radant and GETSAT for installation on HC-27J aircraft, including antennas, modems and radomes, as well as providing engineering services and technical training for testing and operations. Part of the Coast Guard's medium-range surveillance aircraft fleet, the HC-27J performs numerous maritime missions in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Pacific Ocean, such as search-and-rescue, drug/migrant interdiction and disaster response.

"This new opportunity reflects the trust we have built among our partners and NAVAIR in providing wideband BLoS SATCOM integration and engineering support for the Coast Guard's aircraft," said Rick Lober, vice president and general manager of the Defense and Intelligence Systems Division at Hughes. "We look forward to continuing to enhance the U.S. Coast Guard's airborne capabilities in support of their reconnaissance, humanitarian and disaster relief missions."

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