Leonardo gets $92M contract to upgrade avionics on US C-27J fleet

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Coast Guard HC-27J medium range surveillance aircraft.

The U.S. Special Operations Command has awarded Leonardo SpA a contract worth $91,882,621 to design, modify, integrate and install the 1.2+ avionics upgrade package on C-27J aircraft operated by the Special Forces and Coast Guard.

This contract action supports a requirement to replace the aging avionic package on the C-27J that has components dating back more than 15 years, and to maximize commonality across the C-27J aircraft operating enterprise.

The U.S. Army fleet currently includes seven C-27Js in support of U.S. Special Operations Command activities. They entered service in March 2014 after being acquired second hand by the US Air Force.

The Coast Guard operates 14 HC-27Js for medium-range maritime surveillance. They were acquired secondhand by the US Air Force in 2013 with the first aircraft being delivered in November 2014.

Most of the aircraft upgrade work will be performed in Naples, Italy.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Image: U.S. Coast Guard

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