Leonardo begins final tests of enhanced C-27J Next Generation

First C-27J in the new configuration will be delivered to an undisclosed customer in 2021.

Leonardo final tests C27J Next Generation
Leonardo begins final tests of enhanced C-27J Next Generation.

Nov. 11, 2020 - Leonardo announced today that it has started final tests of the C-27J Next Generation. The new variant of the well-known Spartan features new equipment, a new avionics system and advanced aerodynamic devices, which will improve the existing high performance of the aircraft.

This new step proves that the C-27J is an aircraft still able to evolve to meet the needs of the most demanding customers.

Marco Zoff, Leonardo Aircraft Division’s Managing Director, said: “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.” 

In a world hit this year by the COVID-19 pandemic and other emergencies international media have extensively reported on the C-27J’s relentless and effective support to communities in need. Mr. Zoff also added: “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.”

The C-27J Next Generation features comprehensive new avionics and aerodynamic developments with new winglets, for improved operational efficiency and even better performance. It is Mission-proven across all continents with a series of primary air forces through its use in the most demanding operational environments in the world - from the Andes to Afghanistan - for military transport, cargo and paratroopers air drop, last tactical mile troop support, special operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

The new baseline configuration is also offered as a retrofit to current operators wanting to upgrade their C-27J fleet capabilities. The first aircraft in the new configuration will be delivered to an undisclosed customer in 2021. 

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Source, Image: Leonardo

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