New Coast Guard Patrol Plane – Airplanes
The first HC-235A maritime patrol plane for the United States Coast Guard has rolled off the production line in Spain. This is a newly designed airframe from EADS CASA, located in Seville. The HC-235A is the first aircraft developed as part of the Coast Guard’s Integrated Deepwater System (IDS) program. By 2017, EADS CASA will deliver 36 of these aircraft to the Coast Guard.
The twin turbo-prop has a range of more than 1,000 miles. Surveillance equipment includes forward-looking infrared and radar. The medium-range aircraft is a military version of the EADS CASA 235-300M and is designed to carry out a variety of surveillance, patrol, and rescue missions. For their existing aircraft fleet, the Coast Guard plans to upgrade each aircraft with advanced avionics and other equipment.