C-27J Spartan

The Peruvian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a contract with Alenia Aermacchi for the supply of additional C-27J Spartan tactical aircraft.

Under the €100m contract, Alenia will deliver two more C-27J Spartan tactical airlifters, along with integrated logistic support and technical assistance to the Peruvian Air Force (FAP).

Peru already ordered two C-27J Spartans in December 2013 after a comprehensive testing programme. This confirmed the aircraft’s ability to conduct transport of civilians, troops, materials and medicines, as well as logistical re-supply, medical evacuation, airdrop operations, search-and-rescue, and operations in support of homeland security and civil protection.

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

"Under the €100m contract, Alenia will deliver two C-27J Spartan tactical airlifters, along with integrated logistic support and technical assistance to the Peruvian Air Force (FAP)."

According to the company, the C-27J Spartan selection was based on its ability to operate safely, efficiently. The decision was also based on the airlifter’s competitive cost in all operational and environmental conditions in Peru, as well as its capability to operate on a large number of airfields, including the unprepared strips in the Andes.

The first two aircraft from the previous contract will be handed over to the FAP early this year, while the newly ordered airlifters are scheduled to be delivered in 2016 and 2017.

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All four aircraft are expected to be operated by 8th Air Group based at Callao, on Peru’s central coast.

The C-27J Spartan is powered by two AE 2100D3 turboshaft engines. It is designed to conduct cargo transportation, logistic support of military units, electronic surveillance, fire-fighting and search-and-rescue (SAR) operations.

Around 80 aircraft have been ordered by the air forces of Australia, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Lithuania, and Peru, as well as Romania, Morocco, Mexico Slovakia, the US, and an undisclosed African country.

Image: Alenia has signed a contract to deliver two more C-27J Spartan tactical airlifters to Peru. Photo: courtesy of © 2015 -Finmeccanica SpA.