The delivery of the new tactical transport aircraft marked a new step in the modernization process of the Slovak Air Force.

Slovak Air Force Leonardo C-27
Slovak Air Force C-27J

October 24, 2017 - Today, the first C-27J for Slovak Air Force landed for the first time in Slovakia  marking a new milestone in the modernization process of the national armed forces. The Spartan landed at approx. 10 am. The official delivery ceremony with the presence of military and civilian authorities is scheduled for October 31.

The Slovak Air Force fleet was left without tactical transport aircraft after the dismantling of the last Antonov An-26.

The acquisition of the modern tactical transport aircraft started three years ago when Leonardo and the Slovak Defence Ministry signed a contract for the supply of two C-27J Spartan aircraft including the relative initial logistic support and the training of pilots and maintenance personnel.

The contract represents the conclusion of the bid issued by the Slovak Defence Ministry and that the Italian Aerospace Company had won in 2008 when the C-27J had been selected.

The Slovak Armed Forces intend to increase their own contribution within NATO and the C-27J Spartan, thanks to its excellent capabilities in operational scenarios, is the fundamental means to assure full interoperability with other bigger-size heavy airlifters used in international coalitions.

Slovakia is the latest C-27J customer. Other customers are Australia, (10 aircraft), the United States (21, including 14 used by the Coast Guard and 7 for the Army Special Operations Command), Italy (12), Greece (8), Romania (7), Morocco (4), Mexico (4), Bulgaria (3), Lithuania (3), Peru (4), Chad (2) and an undisclosed sub-Saharan African country (2). Italy, Romania, and the United States also purchased C-27J aircrew training flight simulators from Leonardo’s Aircraft Division.

Written by Matteo Sanzani

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