ROME. Leonardo presents the C-27J as the best solution for African Countries. A C-27J model will be on display at the Africa Aerospace & Defence exhibition in Pretoria from September 19-23, 2018.
The aircraft demonstrated to be particularly suited to support international operations, civil defence, tactical transport and VIP transport. It is the ideal platform for operations in Africa as it can be loaded and perform tactical and operational missions from non-prepared runways, at high altitudes and high temperatures, capabilities still unmatched by other same-class aircraft.
The air forces of Morocco, Chad, Kenya and Zambia have already chosen the C-27J thanks its safe and efficient operating capabilities, competitive costs and its ability to operate in the most difficult operational environments of the continent.
Umberto Rossi, SVP Marketing and Sales at Leonardo Aircraft, said: “Air Forces need an aircraft with the features of the C-27J Spartan. We believe that our product is the best solution for African countries. The C-27J Spartan is the most effective multi-mission airlifter available on the market today. Its capability to operate from the most rudimentary airstrips, in extreme environmental conditions cannot be matched by any other twin-engine airlifter. Ordered and deployed with full satisfaction by the most important Air Forces, the Spartan has already fully demonstrated its ability to effectively accomplish any tactical transport mission, ranging from disaster relief to “last tactical mile” troops support.”
An upgrade program has been set with avionics, communication and winglets to offer the market an enhanced product. The new C-27J baseline configuration is characterized by a brand new avionics system. The main benefits include compliance with new civil aviation regulations and military requirements as well as obsolescence risk reduction. The new configuration will be tested and qualified in 2018 and it will be available in 2019. New Operators will leverage more modern avionics, improved operational costs and aircraft performances, within the aircraft fly away price.
The C-27J has been already ordered by the Air Forces of Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Romania, Marocco, U.S.A., Mexico, Australia, Chad, Peru, Slovakia, Kenya and Zambia for a total of 85 a/c.