EADS North America delivers final CN235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft for Mexico under U.S. Foreign Military Sales agreement
Herndon, Virginia, 15 May 2012
Aircraft based on the same airframe as U.S. Coast Guard’s HC-144A Ocean Sentry
EADS North America has delivered the fourth and final Airbus Military CN235-300 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) to be supplied to the Mexican Navy under a U.S. Coast Guard managed foreign military sales agreement.
The Coast Guard employs the CN235-300 in the HC-144A Ocean Sentry configuration for a range of missions, including search and rescue, disaster relief and drug interdiction. In March, a Coast Guard HC-144 crew used the aircraft’s sensor capabilities to locate and help interdict a semi-submersible “drug sub” in the Western Caribbean Sea.
EADS North America delivered its 13th HC-144A Ocean Sentry to the U.S. Coast Guard earlier this year, two months ahead of schedule. Last month, the Coast Guard exercised a contract option for deliveries that will bring the service’s Ocean Sentry fleet up to 17 aircraft. The service ultimately plans to acquire up to a total of 36 of the twin-engine turboprops.
Mexico was the first U.S. foreign military sales customer for the highly successful Airbus Military CN235 tactical airlifter family, more than 250 of which are already in operation by 27 countries. EADS North America is also supplying spares provisioning, ground support equipment and associated training for the Mexican Navy aircraft.
“We’re proud that the HC-144A has proven to be such a powerful asset in the U.S. Coast Guard mission to protect the security of our nation,” said Sean O’Keefe, EADS North America Chairman and CEO. “Likewise, we’re proud to have served America’s national interests by delivering a similarly important capability to the Mexican Navy.”
The CN235-300 MPAs enhance Mexico’s ability to support the Mérida Initiative, a cooperative security arrangement between the U.S., Mexico and Central American countries. Missions for the new aircraft include drug interdiction, homeland security, search and rescue, cargo and personnel transport, military readiness, and maritime environmental protection.
The MPA configuration of the CN235 incorporates the latest technology developed for surveillance over the sea. The combination of a Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) system and search radar allows the aircraft to locate and track ships to conduct thorough patrols of a coastline. The Automatic Identification System (AIS) and the Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS) help make this aircraft the ideal tool to carry out military surveillance missions for the Mexican Navy. The FITS was developed by Airbus Military and ensures that the extensive data gathered by the aircraft’s onboard sensors can be easily used by the crew to execute their mission.
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 provide support and services for a comprehensive family of airlifters with a payload range of three to 45 tonnes. An Airbus subsidiary, Airbus Military is responsible for the A400M program, the A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) and further military derivatives based on Airbus civil aircraft. These, together with the smaller 'Light & Medium' C295, CN235 and C212, make Airbus Military the global leader in the market for military transport, tanker and surveillance aircraft capable of performing the most varied types of missions. Altogether, Airbus Military has sold more than 1,000 aircraft to some 130 military, civil and governmental customers. More than 800 of these aircraft have been delivered. Airbus is an EADS company.
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services. In 2010, the Group - comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 45.8 billion and employed a workforce of nearly 122,000.