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Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Awards Contract to Purchase Three HC-144As and Five Mission System Pallets

Nov. 21, 2008

HC-144A Ocean Sentry U.S. Coast Guard photo of a HC-144A visiting Cleveland, Ohio, on its way to Traverse City, Mich., for cold-weather testing.

The Coast Guard awarded a firm-fixed-price Delivery/Task Order to Integrated Coast Guard Systems on Nov. 17, 2008, to purchase three HC-144A “Ocean Sentry” Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) at a total cost of $150,517,167.00.  These MPAs—our ninth, tenth, and eleventh HC-144As--will be built at the EADS CASA construction facility in Seville, Spain.  The delivery dates for these aircraft are April, August and November 2010, respectively.  The contract also includes five Mission System Pallets (MSP) for aircraft #4 through #8.  The delivery dates for the MSPs are: May 2010 – one each, July 2010 – two each, and for August and September 2010 – one each, respectively. 

In addition, the Coast Guard recently accepted delivery of the sixth HC-144A on Nov. 5, 2008.  The aircraft was delivered early and within the negotiated price.  To read more about this event, see the Acquisition Directorate’s Web site at

We are continuing the Operational Assessment testing of the aircraft and MSPs and expect to achieve Initial Operational Capability in early 2009.  Service plans call for a fleet of 36 fully missionized HC-144As by 2020.

Next Steps:
The ninth, tenth, and eleventh aircraft will supplement the previously delivered aircraft as the HC-144A fleet transitions to operational status and standing duty.  Future activities include:

For more information: Medium Range Surveillance Aircraft project page

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