2007-06-17 - C-27J USAF orderC-27J wins US order
Neuer Transporter für US Army aus Italien<br /> Finmeccanica has won an important new order in the US through Alenia North America (an Alenia Aeronautica subsidiary), in partnership with L-3 and Boeing.
The C-27J - designed, developed and manufactured by Alenia Aeronautica - has been selected by the US Army and Air Force as the new tactical transport aircraft for the Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA) programme. The C-27J Team was awarded an initial contract estimated at USD 2.04 billion for the supply of 78 C- 27J tactical transport aircraft. The US Armed Forces' plan is to purchase 145 aircraft (75 for the Army and 70 for the Air Force), rising to a total of 207 units over the next ten years, worth an estimated USD 6 billion.
The C-27J - supplied in the US by the C-27J team, headed by L-3 Integrated Systems, with Alenia North America, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems and Global Military Aircraft Systems (GMAS, a company owned 51% by Alenia Aeronautica and 49% by L-3) - was selected over the EADS-CASA C295 as it is the only aircraft in its category that meets the US operational requirements for tactical transport. The JCA is a joint programme run by the US Army and Air Force for a tactical transport aircraft. As a high-performance multi-purpose aircraft with capabilities of independent operation, effectiveness and operating efficiency, the C-27J equipped with Rolls Royce AE2100 engines - is the ideal solution to this requirement.