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MC-27J Praetorian  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2016
Maiden Flight: 25 April 2014
Total Production: ?
Origin: Italy
Corporations: Alenia Aermacchi*, ATK Alliant Techsystems and L-3 Wescam   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: C-27J Spartan
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2001
Total Production: 117
Total Cost: USD$3.3 billion
Family Members: C-27J Spartan and HC-27J
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Description: The C-27J Spartan is an advanced transport aircraft based on the proven G.222 aircraft and the addition of C-130J-associated technology and improvements. Lockheed-Martin and Alenia Aeronautica (Finmeccanica) have developed and are marketing this aircraft. The Spartan features the Rolls Royce AE 2100D2 engines derived from the engines powering the C-130J cargo aircraft, as well as avionics, propellers and floor strength.

The MC-27J is a multi-mission, armed, Roll On/Roll Off (RORO) version of the C-27J Spartan airlifter jointly developed and marketed by Alenia Aermacchi and ATK. The new aircraft is suitable for a variety of missions including special operations carrying troops and vehicles, anti-terrorism, personnel evacuation from crisis areas, airborne command and control (C2) center, deployment of paratroopers, and gunship aircraft providing close air support (CAS) during ground operations. The MC-27J will be equipped with an array of sensors, including L-3 Wescam MX-15Di targeting pod, communications and weapons to execute all its missions being provided through palletized packages. The aircraft will be armed with the ATK GAU-23 30mm cannon to hit targets on the ground as well as other precision guided weapons including bombs, rockets and missiles. The MC-27J aircraft was unveiled at the Farnborough air show July 2012 in the United Kingdom (UK).

The MC-27J will be capable of taking off from and landing on short and/or unprepared strips while acting as an autonomous command and control centre integrated with the ground command network. The MC-27J will also provide Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capability. ATK's gunship capability is provided from a newly developed palletized weapons system, which is self-contained, modular, scalable and provides RORO flexibility. This palletized system integrates sensors, communications and weapons into a responsive and reconfigurable mission package. Specific features for the MC-27J system include enhanced electro-optical/infrared targeting sensors, a trainable 30mm cannon, precision guided munitions, advanced communications and a networked mission management and fire control system.

MC-27J Praetorian Specifications

Number of Engines: 2
Dimensions
Main Gun Caliber: 30 millimeter
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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MC-27J Praetorian News

There are 5 news between
9 Jul 2012 and 16 Jul 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014Italian Air Force Testing MC-27J Multi-Mission Aircraft
Friday, April 25, 2014MC-27J Multi-Mission Tactical Transport Aircraft Completes First Flight
Monday, November 18, 2013Alenia Aermacchi and Italian Air Force Sign Agreement on MC-27J Praetorian
Friday, June 14, 2013ATK and Alenia Aermacchi Successfully Complete Phase One Testing of MC-27J
Monday, July 9, 2012Alenia Aermacchi Unveils the MC-27J Multi-Mission Aircraft

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Italy3
Italian Air Force to convert three C-27J to the MC-27J configuration

Grand Total 31
Cannons & Gear
GAU-23x1
Propulsion Systems
AE 2100D2x2
Sensor Systems
MX-15Dix1
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