New C-27J Spartan completes maiden flight
Leonardo completed the first flight of its new C-27J Spartan baseline configuration at its Aircraft Division Turin plant on 3 December.
The new C-27J Spartan has a new avionics system, new cockpit control panels and LED aircraft lights. The new avionic system has been designed to comply with future air traffic control requirements, such as SESAR and NextGen, and provides TCAS 7.1 (traffic collision avoidance system) capability.
Other upgrades include a new flight management system with improved navigation performance and localiser performance with vertical guidance approach capabilities. The identification friend or foe Mode 5 has been updated to the latest standard, along with new cockpit displays, weather radar, radio navigation, enhanced satellite communications and radio communication capabilities, intercommunication system, cockpit and cargo panels and lighting system with led technology.
The C-27J Spartan has been ordered by the air forces of Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, US, Mexico, Australia, Peru, Kenya, Morocco and Chad for a total of 85 aircraft. The new baseline configuration is also being offered as a retrofit to current operators.
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