The first Peruvian Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan was accepted by the Fuerza Aerea del Perù in February in Turin, Italy – as reported here – but on Friday 27 March the type was introduced into service during a ceremony at Las Palmas airbase near the Peruvian capital Lima.
The first aircraft is part of the contract for two aircraft, signed between Alenia Aermacchi and Peru in December 2013, followed one year later by a second contract for two additional C-27Js. The airplanes’ deliveries will end in 2017 and will be managed by the Air Group n. 8 at the Callao base, on the central coast of the country.
The C-27J has been selected thanks to is capability of operating safely and efficiently and at competitive costs in all operational scenarios of this Latin American Country, including activities on semi-prepared airstrips of the Andes and of the many local airports, at high altitudes and with hot weather.
The Peruvians will employ the C-27J as a strategic asset in passenger and cargo transport, humanitarian, fire-fighting, search and rescue and internal security missions. Alenia Aermacchi recently said more interest into the Spartan has been shown by other Latin American countries, with Chile named this week as a likely customer.
In addition to Peru the C-27J Spartan has already been ordered by the Air Forces of Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Romania, Morocco and Slovakia, as well as the US, Mexico, Australia and Chad, for a total of 80 airplanes.
Source: Alenia Aermacchi, with additional reporting by © 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image (top): The Spartan and its crew during the ceremony. (Image © Alenia Aermacchi)