Coast Guard Reaping C4ISR Benefits

Recent NSC, HC-130J, HC-144A successes highlight
how Lockheed Martin’s C4ISR systems help Coast Guard

Coast-Guard--Army-Exercise The HC-144 aircraft’s forward-looking radar – part of the C4ISR system developed by Lockheed Martin – enabled the Coast Guard aircrew to monitor ground activity and provide real-time imagery to Army’ Special Forces during a joint training exercise in November.

As an integral part of its recapitalization effort, the Coast Guard’s initial C4ISR efforts are focusing on its National Security Cutter (NSC) and the HC-130J  and HC-144A  aircraft. In 2011, the Coast Guard continued to reap the benefits of their investment in C4ISR, short for Command, Control, Communication, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance.

Throughout the year, the Coast Guard relied on those C4ISR systems – developed by Lockheed Martin – to help accomplish its many missions. The following examples highlight just some of the successes.

“Having sensors on board vessels and aircraft are critical for detection…” said Captain John Wood, the Coast Guard Acquisition Directorate’s C4ISR program manager in a September Coast Guard Forum article. “Without those sensors and the processors and the communications that C4ISR provides, you’re looking aimlessly across the water.”

Lockheed Martin develops and integrates the C4ISR systems for the Coast Guard’s aviation and NSC assets. The C4ISR system’s interoperability helps ensure that the Coast Guard’s air and sea assets can work with other agencies and organizations.