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. Air Force.
Alenia North America reported 14 of the twin turbo-engine aircraft will be transferred to the Coast Guard and will begin flight operations within six to 12 months.
According to Benjamin Stone, president and chief executive officer of Alenia Aermacchi’s North American business unit, the C-27J will be able to support medium and long range surveillance capabilities enhancing the coast guards’ ability to cover specific areas of interest. "With this transfer, the USCG will receive an aircraft with the advanced medium surveillance capabilities needed to further enhance its ability to perform critical missions."
Transfer of the aircraft to the Coast Guard was approved under the 2014 Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama on 26 December, 2013.
The guard currently operates the EADS/CASA CN-235 HC-144 ‘Ocean Sentry’ aircraft for that mission. First delivered in 2006, the USCG currently operates 15 such aircraft, and planned to but 20 more. The availability of the 14 C-27Js will obviously change these plans. It will also provide the guard the opportunity to compare operational costs and determine which aircraft of the two provides more economical for its mission profile.
Alenia said its C-27J boasts the highest power-to-weight ratio in its class, thus providing USCG with greater range, endurance, speed and payload capacity over the twin turboprops currently in its inventory.
The C-27J is a turboprop aircraft with a cruise speed of 362 miles per hour. It first came into service with the Italian air force in 2006.
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
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
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
The Slovak military will purchase two Italian tactical transport aircraft C-27J Spartan, according to local media reports. Defence Minister Martin Glváč announced that the contract on delivery of the two machines will be inked next week, the TASR newswire reported
Peru will place an order two Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan aircraft by the end 2014 and will add another eight in the future, according to local press reports. Peru awarded an initial order for two aircraft in November 2013, worth about $122 million, and will now order another two for a similar price, according to Defense-Aerospace
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