The Romanian Air Force has received the first two of seven C-27J tactical transport aircraft from Alenia Aeronautica, and will put the aircraft into service immediately.

The seven C-27J aircraft, which were ordered in December 2007, will replace the existing Antonov aircraft in service with the air force.

The air force will operate the new C-27Js to transport troops, goods and medicines, for medical evacuations (MEDEVAC), dropping paratroopers, search and rescue operations, resupply missions and humanitarian assistance.

Advanced training of the Romanian crews and technical staff will begin after the delivery.

The C-27J is a twin-engine turboprop aircraft equipped with advanced avionics, propulsion system and other onboard systems.

The aircraft featuring large cargo cabin and a Nato-standard cross-section, offers operational flexibility and interoperability.

Alenia will provide full assistance and logistical support, spare parts, aircraft maintenance equipment, advanced pilot training to loadmasters and maintenance staff, and technical documentation to the air force as part of the agreement.