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Requested by: OAF&CG

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Original Reason for CASA Selection

QUESTION: :

reasoning that ICGS and the Coast Guard used to select the CASA over other aircrafts, specifically the

original with the specifications spelled out in the RFP for a marine patrol aircraft.

In conjunction with the contract, provide the documentation describing the original

ANSWER:

became Integrated Coast Guard Systems (ICGS) conducted an evaluation of 16 candidate aircraft to consider for selection as the Coast Guard’s Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA). Both turboprop and jet aircraft

were considered. New fixed wing aircraft alternatives were investigated, all with the potential to complement or replace legacy aviation assets in the Integrated Deepwater System (IDS). Candidate alternatives were evaluated to reduce operating costs, improve mission performance, and expand upon Legacy fixed wing multi-mission capabilities. The evaluation included three separate CASA products.

During Phase I of the Deepwater Program in March, 1999, Team Deepwater, which later

As part of the Deepwater Final Phase II Proposal submitted to the Coast Guard in June 2002, the Coast Guard accepted ICGS’s Integrated Deepwater System design that included the CASA CN-325-300M ER. This extended-range version of the Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) CN-235-300 included modifications

to the basic aircraft in order to meet the performance specifications unique to Coast Guard missions.

Coast Guard Aviation officials had concerns about the capabilities of the proposed aircraft, primarily with

the aircraft’s weight growth margin, because the proposed aircraft included airframe modifications but not a modified powerplant. The perception is that the CN235-300M ER could not safely carry a full fuel load while operating in certain hot weather locations that led the Coast Guard to request that ICGS conduct

another MPA Analysis of Alternatives (AoA).

and capability to perform mission. The results of the subsequent analysis recommended the change to the CN-235-300M from the CN-235-300M ER.

This included Aircraft performance, total ownership cost,

This was briefed to the Coast Guard Commandant in March, 2003. The Commandant approved the selection in a decision memo dated March, 10, 2003, that designated the CN-235-300M as a Maritime Patrol Aircraft in the IDS (the HC-130H/J is the other MPA). A contract for the development and demonstration

of the first two CN-235-300Ms was signed in May, 2003.

A subsequent business case analysis requested by the Coast Guard was completed by ICGS in December,

2004. This analysis, once again, compared the CN-235-300M, CN-235-300M ER, and C-27J. The analysis assessed the operational effectiveness and total ownership costs of switching to the CN-235-300M from the

CN-235-300M ER. The analysis confirmed the CN-235-300M was capable of performing all its missions and exhibited better weight growth margin and climb performance characteristics.

Aviation assets that contribute to the overall IDS and the aviation asset mix were selected based on performance and cost. The MPA is one part of the Deepwater Program. It provides a Medium Range Surveillance capability that supports the 11 Congressionally mandated missions assigned to the Coast Guard.

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MPA Timetable

March 1999

Deepwater Phase I Analysis of Alternatives for Aviation Assets complete.

June 2002

Revised Final Proposal from ICGS accepted by Coast Guard. Proposal included CN-235-300M ER as replacement MPA.

November 2002

MPA Platform Analysis study by ICGS to validate selection of CN-235-300M ER

March 2003

Analysis of Alternatives on risk mitigation activities for MPA complete. Showed upgrade to CN-235-300M ER from CN-235-300M not appropriate. Results briefed to Commandant. Congressional language in FY03 budget directs Coast Guard to acquire replacement MPA. Commandant signed decision memo designating CN-235-300M as MPA within IDS

May 2003

Contract signed with ICGS for development and demonstration of MPA 1& 2

December 2004

ICGS conducted business case analysis on MPA selection. Analysis confirmed performance characteristics a mission performance capabilities of CN-235-300M as compared with CN-235-300M ER

CY 2005

Design & production of CN-235-300M

December 2006

Delivery of first CN-235-300M to Coast Guard. Pilot in command gives very favorable endorsement to aircraft’s performance & safety characteristics.

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Program Drafter G Fleming, 475-3075, G-DRM Reviewed by G Blore, 475-3000, G-D PEO

Program Drafter

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Fleming, 475-3075, G-DRM

Reviewed by

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Blore, 475-3000, G-D PEO

Program Drafter G Fleming, 475-3075, G-DRM Reviewed by G Blore, 475-3000, G-D PEO
475-3075, G-DRM Reviewed by G Blore, 475-3000, G-D PEO CG-821 Program Reviewer S. Spadafora, 372-3507, CG-821
475-3075, G-DRM Reviewed by G Blore, 475-3000, G-D PEO CG-821 Program Reviewer S. Spadafora, 372-3507, CG-821

CG-821 Program Reviewer

S. Spadafora, 372-3507, CG-821

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