The Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF; Taiwan) is going to buy four to six Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan tactical airlifters, through US based L-3 Communications and possibly partly aided by a US finance program, some sources in Taipei say.
The Spartans are to supplement the fleet of 19 larger C-130 Hercules aircraft. Taiwan is also searching for an adequate replacement for its single Fokker 50 VIP aircraft. In theory it could be one of the C-27Js, but that is a bit unlikely considering the more “combat” nature of the machine.
According to sources in the US Taiwan has been seeking the purchase of the C-27Js for a longer period of time, with the US clearing the Asian island nation to buy them, but a lack of funds has prevented the government in Taipei from striking a deal. Most of the RoCAF’s budget is used to upgrade half of its 116 General Dynamics designed F-16A/B Fighting Falcon fighter jets to the F-16AV/BV standard with a new radar, avionics and on-board computer to the F-16V standard; and to keep its 550+ strong aircraft fleet airborne and ready.
© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image: The C-27J in action (Image © Alenia Aermacchi)