New C-27J configuration first flight
New C-27J Spartan baseline configuration makes first flight.

Leonardo announced that the new variant of the proven C-27J medium-range transport aircraft performed its first flight at the company's plant of Turin on December 3, 2018. The new configuration includes brand new avionics system, new cockpit control panels and LED aircraft lights.

Lucio Valerio Cioffi, Leonardo’s Aircraft Division Managing Director, said: “New operators will enjoy modern avionics and improved operational cost and performance within the aircraft flyaway price. The main benefits of the new C-27J baseline configuration are compliance with new civil aviation regulations and military requirements obsolescence risk reduction.”

The C-27J new avionic system is designed to comply with Next Generation Air Traffic Control requirements, like SESAR and NextGen, and provides TCAS 7.1 (Traffic Collision Avoidance System) capability. It features many major upgrades such as a new FMS (Flight Management System) with RNP (Required Navigation Performances) and LPV (Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance) approach capabilities. The IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) Mode 5 has been updated at the latest standard. New cockpit displays, new weather radar, new radio navigation, enhanced satellite communications and radio communication capabilities, new intercommunication system, new cockpit and cargo panels and lighting system with led technology have been also included. Moreover, former avionics and general systems interface boxes have been replaced with new equipment made by Leonardo’s Airborne and Space Systems Division.

The new baseline configuration is also offered in retrofit to Current Operators willing to upgrade the capabilities of their C-27J fleet.

Many countries have already chosen the C-27 to equip their air forces as Italy, Greece, Bulgaria,
Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, United States, Mexico, Australia, Peru, Kenya, Morocco,Chad and another African country. The Spartan is now renowned for its versatility. In addition to military missions, it can carry out operations to support the civilian population as medical or fire-fighting transport. Every year the Italian Air Force saves lives thanks to the use of its transport aircraft. The Romanian C-27 helped to extinguish the serious fires in Greece last summer. Moreover, it can operate from semi-prepared runways and reach those areas not accessible to other types of aircraft.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Source, Image: Leonardo

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