Alenia Aermacchi has completed the final assembly of the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) first C-27J Spartan tactical airlift aircraft with mating of the aircraft's wing with the fuselage, engines and landing gear at its facility in Italy.
The aircraft is currently undergoing equipment installation and functional tests in preparation for the flight testing programme.
Expected to be rolled out for the company flights this month, the aircraft is scheduled to undergo customer acceptance tests and procedures shortly afterwards.
The aircraft's fuselage was manufactured at Alenia's Capodichino plant in Naples, Italy, while the other components were supplied by several national and international programme partners.
Alenia is supplying ten C-27J aircraft to prime contractor L-3 Communications by 2015, as part of a $900m foreign military sales (FMS) programme agreed between Australia and the US in May 2012.
Australia has also awarded an interim three-year contract to L-3 for provision of support and training until an indigenous trough life support (TLS) contract is negotiated with the domestic industry, as reported earlier by Defense News.
Selected after comprehensive assessment by the Australian Department of Defence, the aircraft is expected to significantly enhance the Australian Defence Forces' ability to move troops, equipment and supplies in absence of DHC-4 Caribou aircraft, which was decommissioned from service in 2009.
The first aircraft is anticipated to be handed over to L-3 in the first quarter of 2014.
Powered by two AE 2100D3 turboshaft engines, the C-27J Spartan is a tactical transport aircraft designed to conduct cargo transportation, logistic support of military units, electronic surveillance, firefighting and search-and-rescue (SAR) operations.
The aircraft has also been ordered by the air forces of Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Mexico, Morocco and Romania.
Alenia Aermacchi has won contract worth about 100 million euros to supply the Peruvian Ministry of Defense with 2 C-27J Spartan tactical airlifters. The C-27J - known as the only true military transport aircraft of its category available on the market - has been selected by the Fuerza Aerea del Perù due to its proven operational flexibility at competitive costs; the best performances in its class in all operational and environmental conditions and because it is the only aircraft in its class interoperable with heavier airlifters already in service in Peru
Alenia Aermacchi and the Italian Air Force signed the agreement at the Dubai Airshow to support Italian Praetorian fleet. The Praetorian, which is a specialised version of the MC-27J, is expected to support the Italian Special Forces and Comando Operativo Forze Speciali (COFS) in their missions
Israeli weapon system may be offered to the package of the MC-27J aircraft equipped with a 30 mm gun, according to Defense-Update. The planned gunship variant of the C-27J will undertake the first test firings of its 30mm cannon while slaved to an electro-optical/infrared sensor at the end of this year or early 2014
ATK and Alenia Aermacchi successfully completed the first phase of ground and flight tests of their MC-27J multi-mission aircraft. A Roll-On/Roll-Off (RORO) Gun System pallet was installed and tested on the Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan airlifter
Alenia Aermacchi, General Dynamics, and DRS Technologies Canada Ltd. have teamed up and signed a comprehensive agreement for the Royal Canadian Air Forces (RCAF) upcoming FixedWing Search and Rescue Replacement Program competition
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The US Coast Guard pilots will soon be flying the Alenia Aermacchi C-27J, an Italian transport plane, under a transfer from the U.S
The Royal Australian Air Force today successfully completed the maiden flight of its first C-27J Spartan in Italy. Chief Executive Officer of the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) Mr Warren King said this was an exciting milestone for the DMO and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as it represents a major step towards further strengthening Air Forces airlift capability
Alenia Aermacchi 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
Alenia Aermacchi has successfully conducted operating and training tests on the Romanian Air Forces C-27Js, with the new fire fighting system, Caylym Guardian, onboard. The new firefighting system system allows C-27Js to drop up to six large cardboard containers on bushfires; each container has a capacity of 1000 liters water or extinguishing liquid
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