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November 6th, 2018

U.S. Coast Guard Airborne Communications to Receive Hughes Network Systems SATCOM Systems Integration

Hughes Network Systems has been selected by the U.S. Naval Air Systems (NAVAIR) to provide SATCOM systems integration for the U.S. Coast Guard.

Under the agreement, Hughes, supporting through its partner, ADS, Inc., will integrate communications systems in support of the Coast Guard's Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), humanitarian aid and disaster relief (HADR) missions requiring airborne Communications-on-the-Move (COTM).

A U.S. Coast Guard C-27J surveillance aircraft.

Hughes will provide SATCOM integration for the missionized C-27J aircraft which will connect mobile units across a wide geographic area including over the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Pacific Ocean. The broad operational regions require proven Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLoS) system integration expertise to coordinate hardware functions on the C-27J aircraft including antennae, modem, engineering services and technical training.

For this contract, Hughes will deliver cost-effective mobility solutions that will provide multi-mission support including drug interdictions, border control enforcement and search and rescue efforts (SAR) for the agency.

Executive Comment

Rick Lober, VP and GM of Defense and Intelligence Systems Division at Hughes said that the company was well-positioned for this requirement to provide comprehensive engineering expertise for integrating a satellite technology and service solution that will enhance the Coast Guard's diverse operational capabilities. The Coast Guard often operates in extremely challenging environments which require robust communications solutions. Hughes values being a trusted partner for their global missions.