You read it first last week here on Airheadsfly.com, and today it’s confirmed by Alenia Aermacchi. On Wednesday 29 October, the Italian aircraft manufacturer and the Slovak Defence Ministry signed a contract for the supply of two C-27J Spartan aircraft, including initial logistic support plus pilot and maintenance personnel training. First delivery is expected in 2016.
The acquisition of the C-27J by the Slovak Air Force is part of the Slovak Armed Forces’ modernisation programme, of which the two new tactical transport aircraft are a first step. The contract ends years of negotiations following a bid issued by the Slovak Defence Ministry. The bid ended in 2008 with the selection of the C-27J.
Alenia Aermacchi describes the Slovak Defence Ministry’s choice as prove that the Spartan is an ‘excellent cost-effective solution that offers the performance and capabilities of a true military transport aircraft’. According to the Italian company, the Slovak Air Force intends to increase its contribution to NATO, and the C-27J Spartan provides the means to do so.
The C-27J Spartan is new-generation, medium battlefield airlifter that is currently selling well. The aircraft is a twin-engine, turboprop, tactical transport aircraft with state-of-the-art technology in avionics, propulsion and other onboard systems. It provides performance, operating flexibility and cost efficiency, plus interoperability with heavier airlifters.
Apart from Slovakia, the aircraft has been ordered by the air forces of Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Rumania, Morocco U.S.A., Mexico, Australia, Peru and an undisclosed African nation, which however is widely known to be Chad. Total orders now stand at 78 airplanes.
Source: Alenia Aermacchi, with additional reporting by © 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest