Leonardo and the Directorate of Aeronautical Armaments and Airworthiness, of the General Secretariat of Defense / National Armaments Directorate, have signed the Acquisition Contract for the supply to the Slovenian Ministry of Defense of a second C-27J Spartan aircraft and related logistics services -training.
The contract follows the Italy-Slovenia Government-to-Government Agreement (G2G) signed on 17 November 2021 and aimed at strengthening bilateral collaboration between the two countries.
Dario Marfè, Commercial, CSS&T & Proprietary Programs Business of Leonardo's Aircraft Division, declared: “Employed in the most challenging geographical, environmental and operational contexts, Leonardo's C-27J Spartan is an aircraft capable of carrying out different types of missions in field of defense and civil protection. The vast operational experience accumulated at various Air Forces around the world makes it the ideal aircraft for military transport missions, airdrop of paratroopers and materials, tactical support in the "last mile" to ground forces, special forces operations, humanitarian/air assistance - medical and support to populations affected by environmental disasters".
The C-27J Spartan Next Generation is equipped with new avionics featuring a glass cockpit with 5 color multifunction screens, a radar for tactical transport missions and advanced communication systems. The system architecture ensures interoperability with other transport aircraft and is easily integrated with in-flight refueling, self-protection, secure communication and ballistic protection systems to operate in high-threat environments, transporting materials, light vehicles and staff, wherever they are needed.
Thanks to the multiple roll-on/roll-off mission kits and systems that can be easily installed and transported, the C-27J can be quickly transformed into the configuration necessary to carry out the operational mission.
The new Fire Fighter configuration, also previously acquired under the Italian-Slovenian intergovernmental agreements, is equipped with the second generation palletized fire fighting system MAFFS II (Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System) from United Aeronautical Corporation, world leader in advanced firefighting systems aerial firefighting applications.