March 30, 2020 – Hughes Network Systems announced its selection by the U.S. Naval Air Systems (NAVAIR) to provide SATCOM systems integration for the U.S. Coast Guard on its HC-27J aircraft. Under the agreement, Hughes will integrate Beyond Line of Sight (BLoS) systems to strengthen the Coast Guard’s missions requiring airborne Communications-on-the-Move (COTM), including Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), humanitarian aid and disaster relief (HADR). Under this contract valued at $3.5 million, which follows completion of a 2018 award to Hughes for BLoS system integration, Hughes will integrate components from technology providers CPI Radant and GETSAT Ltd. for installation on HC-27J aircraft – including antennas, modems, and radomes – as well as providing engineering services and technical training for testing and operations. Part of the Coast Guard’s medium-range surveillance aircraft fleet, the HC-27J performs numerous maritime missions in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the Pacific Ocean, such as search-and-rescue, drug/migrant interdiction and disaster response.