U.S. Coast Guard airborne radar experts needed multi-mode radar systems for the new Alenia Aermacchi HC-27J Spartan medium-range, fixed-wing surveillance aircraft. They found their solution from Telephonics Corp. in Farmingdale, N.Y.
Officials of the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in Lakehurst, N.J., on behalf of the Coast Guard, announced a $31.8 million contract to Telephonics on Monday for as many as 19 multi-mode radar systems for the HC-27J aircraft in support of the Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard plans to commission a fleet of 14 HC-27J Spartan turboprop surveillance aircraft by 2022 for maritime patrol, drug and migrant interdiction, disaster response, and search and rescue missions. The HC-27J is a modified surveillance variant of the C-27J. Monday’s contract includes related engineering services and logistics support.