Tyonek to deliver Minotaur PODS and kits for USCG’s HC-144B aircraft

The US Coast Guard (USCG) has awarded a contract to TFab Defense Systems (TFD) to manufacture and deliver Minotaur mission system operator consoles (PODS) for installation on its HC-144B Ocean Sentry medium-range surveillance aircraft.

TFD is a subsidiary of Tyonek Manufacturing Group (TMG) and Tyonek Native Corporation (TNC).

The approximately $15.4m contract for the Minotaur programme, which also includes the supply of aircraft integration kits, and spare parts, is to support the aviation requirements of the USCG. 

Under the contract, TFD will produce and deliver up to 32 HC-144B Minotaur mission system operator consoles, two of which will be integrated on to each aircraft.

In addition, up to 16 HC-144B Minotaur mission system aircraft integration kits will be provided by the company. The kits will be manufactured in accordance with government-provided specifications and tolerances.

Tyonek Manufacturing Group president Steve Adlich said: "We are excited to begin work with the US Coast Guard on this important programme. 

“This is Tyonek's first contract award from the Coast Guard and we look forward to a long-standing relationship with this customer.

"Our team is committed to the success of this mission and ready to support the complex manufacturing requirements of the HC-144B Minotaur programme."

Production work under the contract will be carried out at Tyonek's Madison, Alabama facility, US.

The Minotaur PODs provide mission data processing, video processing and display, sensor management and control, and communications capabilities for the HC-144B aircraft.

Image: Chief warrant officer Robert Sunderland, technical lead for Minotaur Mission system integration. Photo: courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard / Loretta Haring.