USSOCOM to receive Alenia's C-27J Spartan aircraft

Wed Nov 20 2013, 13:32 PM
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US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is set to receive seven Alenia Aermacchi-built C-27J Spartan tactical airlift aircraft as part of an intra-service transfer from the US Air Force (USAF).

Authorised by US Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter last month, the transfer is scheduled to be complete by April 2014.

Four aircraft are currently undergoing final assembly modifications, while the remaining three airlifters are fully operational and already in the possession of SOCOM.

The aircraft will be operated by US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), within SOCOM.

Alenia Aermacchi North America president and chief executive officer Benjamin Stone said the final configuration for the C-27J aircraft designated for SOCOM is yet to be determined.

''It is clear the US Army acknowledges the value of our platform, and right now, we are working closely with the customer to better understand their requirements,'' Stone added.

Powered by two AE 2100D3 turboshaft engines, the C-27J Spartan is a medium-sized, tactical transport aircraft designed to conduct cargo transportation, logistic support of military units, electronic surveillance, firefighting and search-and-rescue (SAR) operations.