SOURCE: EADS North America

EADS North America

August 04, 2011 11:48 ET

EADS North America Delivers 12th HC-144A Ocean Sentry to U.S. Coast Guard Four Months Early

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwire - Aug 4, 2011) - Prime contractor EADS North America has delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard its 12th HC-144A Ocean Sentry maritime patrol aircraft, four months ahead of the contract delivery date.

The aircraft arrived Aug. 3 at Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center Elizabeth City, N.C., and will next pass to the Coast Guard's Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Ala., to begin operational patrols. The aircraft is expected to transfer to Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., when that facility transitions to the HC-144A from the aging HU-25 "Guardian."

The HC-144A is based on the highly successful Airbus Military CN235 tactical airlifter, more than 250 of which are operated by 26 countries. The Ocean Sentry plays a crucial role in Coast Guard aviation missions that include maritime patrol, intelligence/surveillance/reconnaissance, cargo and personnel transport, and disaster relief.

The latest Ocean Sentry delivery is the first under a $117 million contract that calls for the 13th and 14th aircraft to deliver in 2012, with options for up to six additional aircraft. The Coast Guard has said it expects to exercise the contract option for what will be its 15th HC-144A by October of this year. Coast Guard plans call for acquiring a total of 36 HC-144As.

"The HC-144A has the flexibility and endurance needed to meet the Coast Guard's amazingly broad range of mission requirements, from drug interdiction to search and rescue, often in a single flight," said Sean O'Keefe, EADS North America CEO. "Having Ocean Sentries in the air significantly multiplies the value and mission effectiveness of the Coast Guard's surface vessels."

The turboprop HC-144A can remain airborne for more than nine hours, compared to just four hours for the legacy HU-25 jet that it is replacing. This high endurance allows aircrews to stay on station longer during search and rescue, patrol or persistent surveillance operations.

EADS North America delivers the HC-144A equipped with a search radar, electro-optical and infrared cameras, an Automatic Identification System for data collection from vessels at sea, and a communications suite.

The Ocean Sentry's rear cargo ramp enables easy loading/unloading of the Coast Guard's palletized mission system. During airlift, cargo, and MEDEVAC missions, the mission system is removed, freeing up the aircraft's large cabin for additional transport capacity. The rear ramp also can be opened in flight to deploy search-and-rescue equipment.

The HC-144A achieved initial operational capability in 2008, and has since distinguished itself with exceptional performance in a variety of high-profile missions, including the Coast Guard's responses to the Haiti earthquake and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.

For more information, visit:

www.eadsnorthamerica.com/north-america/usa/en/products/HC144A

www.uscg.mil/acquisition/MRS

About EADS North America
EADS North America is the North American operation of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services. As a leader in all sectors of defense and homeland security, EADS North America and its parent company, EADS, contribute over $11 billion to the U.S. economy annually and support more than 200,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers and services. Operating in 17 states, EADS North America offers a broad array of advanced solutions to its customers in the commercial, homeland security, aerospace and defense markets.

About Airbus Military
Airbus Military is the only military and civic/humanitarian transport aircraft manufacturer to develop, produce, sell and support a comprehensive family of airlifters ranging from three to 45 tonnes of payload. An Airbus daughter company, Airbus Military is responsible for the A400M programme, as well as the Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A330 and for further military derivatives based on Airbus civil aircraft. Together with the smaller "Light & Medium" C295, CN235 and C212, Airbus Military is the global leader in the market for military transport, tanker and surveillance aircraft able to perform the most varied missions. Altogether, Airbus Military has sold more than 1,000 aircraft to some 130 military, civilian and governmental customers. More than 800 of these aircraft have been delivered. Airbus is an EADS company.

About EADS
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services. In 2010, the Group -- comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter -- generated revenues of EUR 45.8 billion and employed a workforce of nearly 122,000.

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