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2- 4,637 hp ea.
74 ft. 6 in.
94 ft. 2 in.
3,255 US gals.
Alenia C-27J Spartan
The Alenia C-27J Spartan transport is the results of a combined effort of Alenia Aeronautica, Italy, and Lockheed Martin, U.S.A. In fact, its engines and other components are shared with the American built C-130J. Although aircraft components are built in the United States, the final assembly takes place in Italy.
The Alenia C-27J Spartan can fly 1,250 miles further and 9,000 feet higher than its predecessor transport. The cargo bay measures about eight feet in height, eleven feet in width, and thirty eight feet in length.
The Alenia C-27J Spartan can transport up to 60 combat ready troops, or 46 paratroopers. Cargo capacity is 25,350 lbs., and the aircraft can carry vehicles with a total combined weight of 18,000 lbs. Vehicles can be easily loaded, due to an adjustable level cargo floor.
For Medevac duties, the Alenia C-27J Spartan has facilities for up to 36 stretchers and six paramedics. The aircraft has all weather, day and night flying abilities, a plus for search and rescue operations, a loiter time of up to nine hours, and can land in as little as 750 feet.
Some 100 Alenia C-27J Spartan aircraft have been produced to date. The United States Air Force purchased some 38 of the aircraft in 2009. They were flown through 2013 when retired due to duplication of missions from the C-130 and higher maintenance costs.
In 2011 U.S. Air Force Alenia C-27J Spartan aircraft were deployed to Afghanistan where they flew some 3,200 sorties, delivering troops and cargo. In 2013 seven of the U.S. Air Force aircraft were transferred to the U.S. Special Operations Command. In 2016 an additional 14 former U.S. Air Force Alenia C-27J Spartan aircraft were transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Italy purchased 12 Alenia C-27J Spartan aircraft. In 2008, two Italian C-27J aircraft were deployed to Afghanistan. In December of 2013 an Italian C-27J Spartan aircraft was deployed to the Philippines to assist in humanitarian operations relief from typhoon Haiyin.
At last count, other nations ordering the Alenia C-27J Spartan aircraft stood at: Australia – 10; Bulgaria – 3; Chad – 2; Greece – 8; Lithuania – 3; Mexico -4; Moroco – 4; Peru – 4; Romania – 7; and Slovakia -2.
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