Table of Contents
- Program Update
- U.S. Special Operations Command to Receive Seven Alenia Aermacchi C-27Js
- Alenia Aermacchi Signs Contract with the Peruvian Ministry of Defense for two C-27J Spartan
- Alenia Aermacchi completes maiden flight for first Royal Australian Air Force C-27J Spartan
- Alenia Aermacchi and Italian Air Force Sign an Agreement to Provide Development and Industrialization of MC-27J Praetorian
- Italian Air Force’s C-27J Spartan Deployed to the Philippines for Humanitarian Asistance
Happy Holidays from Team Spartan! This has been an important year for our team, as we’ve achieved some important milestones: we’ve significantly expanded our Canadian partners, submitted feedback on the draft RFP, continued productive dialogue with government officials, and participated in numerous tradeshows and summits. More recently, we had the opportunity for a one-on-one meeting with PWGSC officials to discuss IRB requirements. It was a productive session and our group gained valuable insight into how IRBs will be evaluated. We look forward to continuing discussion in the coming months.
This has also been a strong year for our C-27J platform. As you will see, all of our news items in this month’s edition recognize 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. As the year comes to a close, the team would like to thank you for your support. We will continue to provide you with the most up-to-date information possible regarding our progress on the FWSAR program in the New Year. See you in 2014!
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, 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.
The first C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifter for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has completed its first flight at the Turin-Caselle Airport in Italy.
The aircraft is currently undergoing final checks in preparation for customer acceptance tests and procedures before its delivery to prime contractor L-3 Communications. The aircraft are part of a U.S. Air Force (USAF) Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract to Australia.
The first aircraft is expected to be delivered on schedule to L-3 in 2014.
Alenia Aermacchi is currently under contract to deliver 10 C-27J battlefield airlifters by 2015 to the prime contractor.
ALENIA AERMACCHI AND ITALIAN AIR FORCE SIGN AN AGREEMENT TO PROVIDE DEVELOPMENT AND INDUSTRIALIZATION OF MC-27J PRAETORIAN
Alenia Aermacchi and the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force) signed an agreement at the Dubai Airshow in November 2013 to provide development, testing, certification, industrialization and logistic support of the Praetorian. The Praetorian, a specialized version of the MC-27J, will support missions for the Italian Special Forces, Comando Operativo Forze Speciali (COFS).
The Praetorian project will consist of two phases. During Phase One, Alenia Aermacchi will develop and deliver a prototype of the Praetorian to the Italian Air Force in spring 2014, immediately followed by testing in an operational scenario. Phase Two will encompass the industrialization of the Praetorian configuration and related logistic support.
The Italian Air Force plan to transform three C-27J’s, currently in service, into the Praetorian configuration during 2016 and will include mission systems, C3ISR equipment and palletized support / fire systems. An additional three aircraft will also have the same mission package capabilities. Alenia Aermacchi, in partnership with US based ATK, will develop the Praetorian mission and air-to-ground support systems. Selex ES, a Finmeccanica Company, will partner with Alenia Aermacchi for the communication and data link equipment.
The MC-27J is an advanced defense system jointly developed by Alenia Aermacchi and ATK.
The Italian Air Force’s C-27J aircraft has been deployed to Cebu Island in the Philippines, in support of international aid activities for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
The aircraft is engaged in transporting disaster relief material, equipment and emergency support personnel in the Tacloban Region, in Leyte and in Eastern Samar, one of the areas hardest hit by the typhoon that struck the Philippines in mid November.
The C-27J arrived on November 30, and immediately began transporting food, camp tents, medical equipment, water purifiers and “pillow tanks”, which are inflatable reservoirs of 5000 litres capacity each. These missions effectively reinforce the characteristics of the C-27J: a large cabin capable of loading bulky and particularly heavy vehicles and pallets, capability to land and take off from/on unprepared or particularly short or damaged runways such as those in the region struck by the typhoon, and on-board availability of an APU (Auxiliary Power Unit), which allows the aircraft total operational autonomy to use the aircraft systems on ground and to start the engines with no need of ground power generation systems. This last point is key for an aircraft aimed at operating in disaster relief missions in remote areas, where there is no availability of ground equipment normally found at civil or military airports.