C-27J FWSAR E-Newsletter - December 2013
December 23, 2013 | In The News
Team Spartan's latest edition of their FWSAR newsletter has been issued. This edition recognizes the international success and value of the C-27J as a proven, efficient, agile, and adaptable platform - one that is able to meet the multi-mission requirements of today's Armed Forces.
Below is an excerpt from the newsletter.
The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) recently obtained seven of Alenia Aermacchi's C-27Js as part of an intra-service transfer from the United States Air Force (USAF).
Currently SOCOM is in possession of three fully operational aircraft, while the remaining four aircraft are completing final assembly modifications. SOCOM is expected to receive all seven C-27Js by April 2014. Within SOCOM, the aircraft will be operated by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
"We are proud to have the opportunity to work with a premier U.S. customer that will benefit tremendously from the advanced capabilities of the C-27J. Our number one priority has and continues to be providing the most capable, best value aircraft for our men and women in the Armed Forces. We look forward to working with SOCOM to support these C-27Js throughout their lifecycle," said Benjamin Stone, president and chief executive officer of Alenia Aermacchi North America.
He added that the final configuration for the aircraft designated for SOCOM has yet to be determined. "It is clear the U.S. Army acknowledges the value of our platform, and right now, we are working closely with the customer to better understand their requirements," he said. "We remain focused on ensuring a seamless transition from USAF to SOCOM and bringing the aircraft into service with the special forces community."
ALENIA AERMACCHI SIGNS CONTRACT WITH THE PERUVIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE FOR TWO C-27J SPARTAN
Alenia Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica Company, has signed a contract with the Peruvian Ministry of Defense to supply two C-27J Spartan tactical airlifters. The contract has a value of around 100 million euro inclusive of a substantial logistic support package, technical assistance, training for pilots, crew and ground engineers and a set of special equipment that have been chosen by the customer. With this contract Peru becomes the 11th customer of the C-27J Spartan.
The C-27J - known as the only true military transport aircraft of its category available on the market - was selected by the Fuerza Aerea del Perù because of its proven capability to operate safely, efficiently, and at competitive costs in all operational and environmental conditions in Peru, including in the Andes. and with the same performance and safety margins by the competitors.
During the operational evaluation run in Peru before the selection, the C-27J demonstrated its extreme manoeuvrability in mountainous terrain and capability to perform a variety of missions including transport of civilians, troops, materials and medicines, logistical re-supply, MEDEVAC, airdrop operations, search and rescue (SAR), humanitarian assistance and operations in support of homeland security and civil protection, with the capability to operate on a large number of airfields where its competitor is unable to land.
Giuseppe Giordo, Alenia Aermacchi CEO, 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".Other than Peru, the Spartan has already been ordered by the air forces of Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Romania, Morocco, Mexico, United States, Australia and by an undisclosed African country. In total, 76 aircraft have been ordered.
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