Lockheed-Martin Alenia Tactical Transports Systems, LMATTS, signed a contract
with the government of Greece for the supply of 12 C-27J Spartan tactical
transport aircraft plus an option for 3 additional aircraft.
The contract has a value of €297
million, excluding the 3 aircraft option. LMATTS is a joint venture company
formed by Alenia and Lockheed-Martin.
The C-27J acquisition is the result of the MRTA (Medium Range Tactical Aircraft)
program launched by the Greek government.
These 12 C-27J tactical transport aircraft will provide the Hellenic Armed
Forces with an outstanding capability airlift capability for their peacekeeping
and tactical missions in the region.
The first C-27J Spartan will be delivered to Greece in late 2004, at a rate of
one a month until completion of the project.
The C-27J ,developed by Lockheed-Martin and Alenia, is based on the proven
twin-engine C-27A/G.222. The C-27J has the same external dimensions of the
C-27A/G.222 aircraft, but incorporates the advanced technology used on the
C-130J Hercules. That enhances substantially the performance of the C-27J over
The Spartan is powered by two Allison AE2100 engines with six-blade Dowty
The C-27J Spartan has already been ordered by the Italian Air Force, 12 aircraft
to date. The C-27J received military type certification by the Ministry of
Defense of Italy in December 2001.
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