Peru has selected the C-27J Spartan as its new tactical airlifter. Two aircraft of the type have been ordered for a price of about 100 million euro with Italian manufacturer Alenia Aermacchi. The contract was confirmed on 18 December 2013.
The Fuerza Aerea del Perù (Peruvian Air Force) will have a great asset when the aircraft have been delivered, with the C-27J being able to carry an substantial cargo, passenger or troop load and being able to operate from relatively short landing strips in relative difficult terrain. The C-27J is commonly considered the better option for those kind of circumstances than the bigger Lockheed C-130 Hercules.
The C-27J already had an operational run in Peru, performing a variety of missions including transport of civilians, troops, materials and medicines, logistical re-supply, MEDEVAC, airdrop operations, search and rescue (SAR), humanitarian assistance and operations in support of homeland security and Civil Protection, with the capability to operate on a large number of airfields where its competitor is unable to land.
The Spartan has already been ordered by the air forces of Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Romania, Morocco, Mexico and Australia. Including a yet to name African country and the US Special Operations Command the Peruvian deal will bring the total order number to 74 aircraft. Alenia Aermacchi is currently in negotiations with Slovakia to strike a similar deal.
Source: Alenia Aermacchi