C4ISR Sees All, Coast Guard Seizes All
MSR aircraft registers first drug bust as Lockheed Martin delivers program’s final C4ISR mission system pallet
In late 2010, two Coast Guard pilots onboard a Medium Range Surveillance (MRS) aircraft out of Air Station Miami overheard a crew on a nearby helicopter discussing a go-fast boat with suspected drug smugglers. The pilots quickly located the boat and tracked it until a surface asset could arrive. The Coast Guard confiscated more than 40 bales of marijuana – an interception that marked the first drug interdiction for the HC-144A aircraft.
Apprehending drug smugglers is all in a day’s work for the Coast Guard. And during this mission, range and surveillance capabilities proved critical. That’s where Lockheed Martin’s technology comes into play – Lockheed Martin helps the service find their targets quicker and organize air and sea support teams through its Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) system.
Recently, Lockheed Martin delivered the ninth and final C4ISR mission system pallet for the Coast Guard’s MRS aircraft. This delivery marks the completion of a $41 million contract awarded in November 2008.
The C4ISR mission system pallets’ roll-on/roll-off capability gives the MRS fleet the flexibility to accomplish multiple missions, such as drug interdictions. By removing the pallet, the aircraft have the cargo capacity necessary for humanitarian relief and evacuation missions.
“By collaborating closely with Coast Guard personnel throughout the process and incorporating their ideas real-time, we delivered the C4ISR systems on budget and on schedule,” said Dan Schultz, vice president of Lockheed Martin’s Ship and Aviation Systems. “The Coast Guard has used our systems to track the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, direct aid following the earthquake in Haiti and thwart attempts to smuggle drugs into our country.”
The C4ISR mission system pallets’ commonality enables the MRS aircraft to share information with other Coast Guard air, sea and shore assets. Its interoperability allows the aircraft to communicate with other government agencies and organizations.
Lockheed Martin has delivered a total of 12 MRS aircraft mission system pallets since 2007. In addition to the MRS pallets, Lockheed Martin is also providing the C4ISR system for the Coast Guard’s first four National Security Cutters and it developed and installed the missionization packages in the HC-130-J aircraft.