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C-27J Spartan  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2001
Total Production: 103
Unitary Cost: EUR€80 million   (USD$92 million)
Origin: Italy
Corporations: Alenia Aeronautica* and Lockheed Martin   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: C-27J Spartan
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2001
Total Production: 117
Total Cost: USD$3.3 billion
Family Members: HC-27J and MC-27J Praetorian
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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.

Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica subsidiary, announced that the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense selected the C-27J Spartan transport aircraft on 6 April 2005. The final agreement for five firm order C-27Js plus three options was signed on February 24, 2006. These aircraft were meant to replace Bulgaria's An-26 fleet. Aircraft deliveries were scheduled to start in 2007 through 2011 at a rate of one C-27J per year.

To date, the C-27J has been ordered by Italy, Greece and Bulgaria. It is suitable for midsize missions requiring less airlift capability than provided by a single Hercules. As of May 2005, the C-27J aircraft is candidate for the United States program Future Cargo Aircraft (FCA). The aircraft has been proposed and is under study by Canada, Portugal, Australia, Taiwan and Ireland.

On 26 June 2006, Alenia Aeronautica and the Armed Forces of the Republic of Lithuania signed a €75 million ($89 million) contract for the supply of three C-27J Spartan tactical transport aircraft. The first C-27J was scheduled for delivery in late 2006 with the second aircraft joining the Lithuanian Air Force in 2008 and the third in 2009. The Lithuanian Air Force requires the C-27J as modern replacement for their Soviet-made An-26 twin-engine transports.

C-27J Spartan Specifications

Crew: 3
Number of Engines: 2
Propeller Blades: 6
Troops: 46
Length: 23.0 meter (75 foot)
Wingspan: 10.6 meter (34.7 foot)
Ceiling: 8,382 meter (27,500 foot)
Max Range: 1,950 kilometer (1,053 nautical mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 9,180 shp (6,848 kW)
Cruise Speed: 558 kph (347 mph)
Cargo: 11,500 kilogram
Max Takeoff Weight: 30,000 kilogram (66,138 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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C-27J Spartan News

There are 47 news between
17 Jan 2003 and 19 Mar 2019
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019Leonardo Eyeing C-27J Aircraft Firefighting Variant
Tuesday, December 4, 2018C-27J Spartan with New Baseline Configuration Performs First Flight
Tuesday, June 5, 2018Leonardo Launches BriteCloud 55-T to Protect Large Military Transport Aircraft
Wednesday, September 23, 2015Undisclosed African Customer Orders Two C-27J Transport Airplanes
Wednesday, July 29, 2015C-27J Aircraft Completes First Flight Test with Winglets
Tuesday, June 30, 2015Royal Australian Air Force Takes Delivery of its First C-27J Spartan
Friday, March 27, 2015Peruvian Air Force Takes Delivery of First C-27J Spartan Aircraft
Wednesday, December 31, 2014Peruvian Air Force Orders Two Additional C-27J Spartan Aircraft
Wednesday, October 29, 2014Slovakia Orders Two C-27J Spartan Aircraft
Thursday, December 19, 2013Alenia Aermacchi Signs Contract with the Peruvian Ministry of Defense for Two C-27J Spartan

Operators & Related Equipment

Mar 20113
Not confirmed non-NATO Mediterranean customer announced in September 2008; confirmed as Morocco one month later
Peruvian Air Force ordered two aircraft in November 2013 and another two in December 2014
Apr 20102
Aircraft ordered by Slovakia in October 2014 (2)
United States of America38
Aircraft ordered under Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA) program. The program's scope is to supply up to 207 C-27J Spartans to the United States Armed Forces (US Army + US Air Force) by 2017. JCA will replace US Air Force's C-130 aircraft and US Army's C-12, C-26 and C-23 airplanes. In April 2011, the Army cancelled its share of the program (40 aircraft) and the Air Force remaining as the sole operator for the C-27J (38 aircraft). All the 38 aircraft were or are due to be retired or cancelled according to 2012 defense budget cuts.
Jun 20104

Grand Total 10112
Propulsion Systems
AE 2100D2x2
Protection Systems
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