Leonardo, Northrop Grumman Australia sign MoU
Leonardo and Northrop Grumman Australia have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for C-27J through-life support services in New Zealand, Leonardo announced on 26 February.
Under the terms of the MoU, the companies will jointly bid for the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF) incoming Future Air Mobility Capability programme. The companies will offer the C-27J aircraft to New Zealand as a replacement for RNZAF’s aging C-130H fleet.
Leonardo is the manufacturer of the C-27J Spartan tactical airlifter, and Northrop Grumman Australia provides regional aircraft and electronic component sustainment services.
The companies will bring a whole-of-life sustainment approach to the C-27J and a roadmap for future modernisation and upgrades, using extensive reach-back capabilities.
Leonardo’s C-27J Spartan is capable of performing autonomous operations from remote areas, and is qualified to perform short take-offs and landings on any type of unprepared airfields such as snow, sand, gravel and grass.
The C-27J will allow the RNZAF to perform a wide range of airlift missions, including humanitarian aid and disaster relief, SAR and VIP transport in challenging environmental conditions.
The Northrop Grumman Australia team at the Royal Air Force Base Richmond provides logistics, engineering, modernisation and upgrade capabilities to provide analytical solutions for the C-27J platform.
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