The Peruvian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is set to order an additional two C-27J Spartan tactical airlift aircraft from Alenia Aermacchi by the end of 2014.

Announced by Peruvian Defence Minister Pedro Cateriano Bellido during his visit to Alenia’s Turin-Caselle Plant in Italy, the contract is expected to have the same value as the country’s first order for two aircraft, reported Defense-Aerospace.com.

Peru had ordered two C-27J Spartan tactical transport aircraft under a $122m deal with the Italian manufacturer in November 2013.

The contract also includes a logistic support package, technical assistance, training for pilots, crew and ground engineers, and a set of special equipment chosen by the customer.

Bellido was quoted by the news agency as saying that the country seeks to replace its fleet of 12 ageing Antonov An-32 twin transports, hinting at a possible acquisition of a similar number of C-27Js for military, civil protection, anti-drug and casualty evacuation missions.

Alenia Aermacchi CEO, Giuseppe Giordo said the company would shortly establish an office in Lima, Peru, to manage the country’s C-27J supply contract.

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"Peru had ordered two C-27J Spartan tactical transport aircraft under a $122m deal with the Italian manufacturer in November 2013."

The office will pave way for interesting market prospects across Latin America, which is the only continent where Alenia Aermacchi has no presence, Giordo added.

Powered by two AE 2100D3 turboshaft engines, the C-27J Spartan is a multi-mission aircraft designed to conduct cargo transportation, logistic support of military units, electronic surveillance, as well as firefighting and search-and-rescue (SAR) operations.

Around 76 aircraft has been ordered to date by the air forces of Australia, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Mexico, Morocco, Romania, US and an undisclosed African country.

Image: A C-27J Spartan tactical transport aircraft in flight. Photo: © 2012 Alenia Aermacchi – A Finmeccanica Company.

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