Leonardo has started the final tests on the C-27J Next Generation, which will be equipped with new equipment, a new Avinica system and advanced aerodynamic devices to improve the aircraft’s current high performance. The first C-27J with the new configuration will be delivered to an unknown customer in 2021, the company reports.
The performance and safety of the C-27J Spartan continues to evolve to best serve customer needs. Due to the versatility and flexibility of the aircraft mission, the C-27J offers a constantly growing selection of mission solutions that are adapted to the new challenges of the operator. As a Force Facilitator, his ability to perform various types of missions is key to showcasing the latest Spartman evolution as an affordable and efficient solution.
According to Marco Zoff, General Manager of the aircraft division of Leonardo: The improved C-27J brings the unsurpassed quality and performance of the Spartan to a higher level. Your operators benefit from modern avionics, higher performance and efficiency. The Spartman embodies the essence of national security and proves to be the best asset for the armed forces’ defense operations and for its fundamental contribution to civil and disaster relief.
The C-27J Next Generation has a completely new Avinica and aerodynamic development with new wing tip devices to improve operational efficiency and achieve better performance. The Spartan has proven himself in missions on all continents and operates in the most demanding operational environments in the world, from the Andes to Afghanistan, for military transport, cargo and parachutes, air drops, tactical troop support on the last mile, special operations and humanitarian aid. and disaster relief.
The C-27J Next Generation’s new avionics system is designed to meet next generation air traffic control requirements, including the FANS 1 / A + connection. TCAS 7.1; ILS Cat.II; and improved TAWS videos. New cockpit screens; new weather radar; new radio navigation; improved radio and satellite communication skills; new intercom system; new cabin and cargo panels; Mode 5 IFF / ADS-B departure and VNAV tactics and search and rescue; and lighting system with LED technology. In addition, the previous avionics interface boxes and general systems were replaced by new devices from Leonardos Electronics. The new basic configuration will also be offered to existing operators who want to improve the functionality of their C-27J fleet.
Thanks to its structural strength and redundant systems, the aircraft offers a very high level of robustness, reliability, high survivability and maneuverability. The ability to work on very rudimentary runways and perform short take-offs and landings (STOL) in extreme environmental conditions is enhanced by wing tip devices, while the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) provides an independent power source. This can restart the engines in flight or make the aircraft autonomous and self-sufficient during use on temporary airfields.
The aircraft can be equipped with a range of defense support subsystems, secure communications, and ballistic protection for use in high-threat environments. With a variety of roll-on / roll-off mission kits and systems, the C-27J can be quickly configured and reconfigured to perform a wide variety of tasks, including tactical transports, sea patrols, and even ASW tasks. or C3ISR. As a tactical transport aircraft, it can transport troops, cargo, parachutes for troops and cargo, Medevac / Casevac, VIP and, thanks to its rapid operational reconfiguration, carry out humanitarian aid missions, aid and relief measures, and fight fire.
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