EADS Casa rolls out first CN-235 for US Coast Guard
24 Mar 2006
EADS Casa rolled out the first of the CN-235 Medium Range Surveillance Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MRS MPA) it is supplying to the US Coast Guard’s (USCG) Deepwater re-equipment programme at a ceremony at its facility in Seville, Spain.
The first three CN-235-300M aircraft, designated HC-235A by the USCG are set to be delivered to the USA for systems integration and testing later this year, followed by systems integration and testing in 2007 before their expected entry into service in 2008.
The Coast Guard could require as many as 36 aircraft over the life of the programme, but EADS Casa is yet to receive any further firm orders from Deepwater prime contractor Integrated Coast Guard Systems (ICGS).
EADS CASA is a subcontractor to Lockheed Martin for the CN-235 portion of the Deepwater program. In June 2002, the U.S. Coast Guard awarded the Deepwater contract to Integrated Coast Guard Systems, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.
- Flight International