Leonardo has begun the final testing of the C-27J Next Generation SPARTAN, the company announced on 11 November. The aircraft features new equipment, a new avionics system and advanced aerodynamic devices, which will enhance performance. The first C-27J in the new configuration will be delivered to an undisclosed customer in 2021.
The performance and reliability of the C-27J SPARTAN continue to evolve in response to customer needs. Leveraging its versatility and mission flexibility, the C-27J offers an increasing range of mission solutions evolving from new operator challenges. The aircraft’s multi-mission capabilities are key to its potential as a cost-effective solution and an intelligent investment.
“The enhanced C-27J brings the unrivalled quality and capabilities of the SPARTAN to the next, higher level. Its operators will benefit from modern avionics, increased performance and efficiency. The SPARTAN embodies the essence of national security, proving to be the best asset for armed forces’ defence operations and for their fundamental contribution to population support and disaster relief,” commented Marco Zoff, Leonardo Aircraft Division’s Managing Director. “Our customers have discovered in this aircraft an element of social inclusion, because it is the only aircraft capable to reach people in the most remote rural areas of their nations,” he added.