Coast Guard's next-generation medium-endurance cutter offers networking, and other advanced technologies

March 2, 2021
Offshore Patrol Cutter will bridge capabilities of larger national security cutter and the smaller fast-response cutters, which serve closer to shore.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Coast Guard is at times under-recognized despite being increasingly in demand, as threats to the homeland continue to mount due to the growing global reach of major power rivals. Kris Osborn at The National Interest reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

2 March 2021 -- The Coast Guard must patrol littoral and deep-water areas, a task assigned to the medium-endurance cutters. These have been in service for decades, are falling behind in sensor technologies, and are badly in need of replacement.

There is where the Coast Guard’s larger emerging future Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) enters the equation; it is more capable, better networked, and has more advanced technology than any other medium-endurance cutter than has ever existed.

At 360 feet, the OPC is much larger than the 210-foot and 270-foot medium endurance cutters they are replacing and also engineered with an entirely new sphere of command and control systems, sensor technologies and networking applications.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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