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Romanian Air Force receives first two C-27J Spartans


C-27J aircraft.

BUCHAREST (BNS): Romanian Air Force has received the delivery of the first two of seven C-27J tactical transport aircraft ordered in December 2007.

Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica company, has performed the ferry flight of the two aircraft to the air force.

The C-27J aircraft will be brought into service immediately and a complex process of advanced training of the Romanian crews and technical staff will start, accompanied by the integration, customization and testing of the specific military systems, according to a news report by the Alenia Aeronautica.

The new C-27Js will be operated by the Romanian Air Force for transporting troops, goods and medicines, medical evacuations (MEDEVAC), dropping paratroopers, search and rescue, logistic re-supply and humanitarian assistance.

Alenia Aeronautica will offer full assistance and logistic support to the customer, providing spare parts, aircraft maintenance equipment, advanced pilot training (including loadmasters and maintenance staff) and technical documentation.

The C-27J is a twin-engine turboprop aircraft with state-of-the-art technology in avionics, as well as in its propulsion system and other onboard systems.

The aircraft has been ordered by Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Morocco (the first non-NATO customer) and the US. It has also been selected by Slovakia.

The C-27J predecessor is the G.222 that is still operational within many Air Forces among which: Nigerian Air Force, Royal Thai Air Force, Ejercito Argentino, US Department of State, Italian Air Force (in the electronic warfare VS version), as per the report.

The C-27Js aircraft will replace the existing Antonov aircraft.


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