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C-27J Spartan

Alenia Aermacchi has been awarded a contract for the supply of C-27J Spartan tactical airlift aircraft to the Peruvian Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Covering delivery of two C-27J Spartans, the €100m contract also includes a logistic support package, technical assistance, training for pilots, crew and ground engineers, anda set of special equipment chosen by the customer.

The contract follows a comprehensive evaluation programme, which confirmed the aircraft’s ability to conduct a range of missions, including transport of civilians, troops, materials and medicines, logistical re-supply, medical evacuation (MEDEVAC), airdrop operations, search-and-rescue (SAR), humanitarian assistance and operations in support of homeland security and civil protection.

In addition to this, the aircraft demonstrated its capability to operate on a large number of airfields where the competitors fail to land.

"The aircraft demonstrated its capability to operate on a large number of airfields where the competitors fail to land."

Alenia Aermacchi CEO Giuseppe Giordo said: ”The choice by the Peruvian MoD is a confirmation that, when an air force has a stringent airlift requirement in terms of performance and capability, the Spartan is the only solution able to guarantee an excellent value for money.”

The selection was also based on the aircraft’s proven capability to operate safely, efficiently, and at competitive costs under all operational and environmental conditions in Peru, including in the Andes.

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Powered by two AE 2100D3 turboshaft engines, the C-27J Spartan is designed to conduct cargo transportation, logistic support of military units, electronic surveillance, firefighting and SAR operations.

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

Image: A C-27J Spartan aircraft during its flight. Photo: © 2012 Alenia Aermacchi – A Finmeccanica Company.

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