Final Spartan for Romania

Romania on Monday 12 January took delivery of it last of seven Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartans. The delivery concludes a contract signed in 2007. The C-27J Spartans are operated from Bucharest Otopeni airbase.

The first two transporters arrived in Romania on 12 April 2010, replacing tired Antonov An-26 aircraft. Since introduction into service, the Spartan fleet has amassed 2,500 flying hours, transporting troops and equipment to Afghanistan and to other destinations. The purchase of the aircraft was the biggest for the Romanian forces in years, costing  over 217 million EUR.

At its Turin facility in Italy, Alenia Aermacchi is continuing production of the C-27J, with deliveries scheduled to Australia and Peru. A MC-27J combat version of the Spartan is also being worked on.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest

The arrival scene at Bucharest Henri Coandă airport. (Image © Ministrul Apărării Naţionale)
The arrival scene at Bucharest Otopeni airbase. (Image © Ministrul Apărării Naţionale)
In one shot: two of seven Romanian C-27J Spartans. (Image © Ministrul Apărării Naţionale)
In one shot: two of seven Romanian C-27J Spartans. (Image © Ministrul Apărării Naţionale)