USCG Air Station Sacramento C-27J fleet demonstrates great operational capability

C27J Coast Guard Sacramento
USMC C-27J medium-range maritime surveillance and search and rescue aircraft assigned to Air Station Sacramento.

US Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento Commander Ian Bastek recently posted an intriguing reflection on the hard work the aircrews accomplished in early December.

Bastek noted that in addition to normal missions, Air Station Sacramento supported ATC Mobile, HITRON, and Air Station Sitka with critical logistics flights; conducted a K9 exercise with several DHS units in San Francisco; completed check flights to get our new reserve pilot current; and finished the week supporting the US Navy Leap Frog Parachute Demonstration Team with training jumps and logistics movement for their next demo.

Air Station Sacramento operates six C-27J Spartan medium-range maritime surveillance and search and rescue aircraft, it was the first Coast Guard unit to receive the type. According to the Coast Guard, the aircraft's range, endurance, speed and payload make it a valuable asset in addressing the maritime flight hours gap.

The US Coast Guard, with the collaboration of the aircraft manufacturer Leonardo, is equipping its 14 C-27Js with the Minotaur which is a complete mission system consisting of surface search radar, electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) search sensors, a C4ISR suite (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance), and bubble observer windows to allow the aircraft to discover, classify and identify maritime targets. In particular, the images and radar tracks from the onboard sensors can be sent to other Defense or Homeland Security Department users. Upgraded C-27Js are called HC-27J.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Image: US Coast Guard

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