Tag Archives | C-27J

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Spartan finds room for new-look SF-260 trainer

Alenia Aermacchi has issued fresh information about its revamped SF-260TP primary/basic trainer, along with some great images of the type being loaded into its C-27J Spartan tactical transport. The words “tight” and “fit” spring to mind, but it looks a great way of moving a light strike asset if you chose to arm the type […]

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Spartan marches on, despite JCA setback

Apologies for it having gone a bit quiet on The DEW Line over the last week or so, while I was on the road and Dave took in some well-earned R&R. But the good news is that, just like Obama, we’re back. I made a first visit to Alenia Aermacchi’s Turin-Caselle visit last week, in […]

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Junket: F-35, C-27J, AMX news at Alenia’s Caselle base

The fourth C-27J in production for the US Air Force is on the final assembly line at Alenia’s factory in Caselle, Italy, near Turin. This aircraft is one of four expected to deploy by next September or October. (Photo: Stephen Trimble)CASELLE, Italy — On the first of four days of the Alenia/Aermacchi press tour, I […]

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VIDEO JUNKET: Cruising over Turin in Alenia C-27J

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JUNKET: The DEW Line goes on Italian aerospace tour

AleniaAermacchi is hosting a press tour this week in Italy. As you can see above, the itinerary includes stops in Turin, near Milan, Rome and Naples. Your humble correspondent gratefully accepted the invitation. (It’s, um, a difficult assignment — cough-cough — but I’m a professional journalist and blogger; I’ll do my best to make it […]

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US Air Force seeks 60 airlifters for irregular warfare

Broadening its interests in the irregular warfare mission, the US Air Force has asked industry to submit ideas for aircraft that can fulfill a requirement for up to 60 “light mobility airlifters” (LiMA).Whilethe US Air Force and US Army are jointly buying at least 38 L-3Communications/Alenia Aeronautica C-27Js, the LiMA requirements callsfor an aircraft in […]

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US Defense Budget: Aviation spending chart and 2 big surprises

[UPDATE: I didn't get into journalism for the math. Updated chart corrects combined fighter purchases from 51 to 61.]DOD plans to spend $23.5 billion to buy about 533 aircraft, excluding the 1,221 RQ-11 Raven micro-UAVs. For the first time I know, the budgets for C2/ISR and UAV platforms exceed the total airlift budget, thanks to […]

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Congress: USAF under-reported C-130J costs

Confusion about the L-3/Alenia C-27J’s price tag relative to the C-130J’s sparked one of history’s most memorable lines from a Congressional hearing earlier this year on military acquisition. Here’s that famous exchange between Rep Neil Abercrombie and USAF acquisition head Sue Payton: “REP. ABERCROMBIE: Ms. Payton, you are right on the edge of getting into […]

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Boeing flops, then flips, on JCA

The Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA) program continues to live up to its reputation as the “just confusing aircraft” program. The confusion now focuses on Boeing’s always-mercurial role in the L-3 Communications/Alenia Aeronautica partnership that’s supplying the C-27J to the US Army. Here’s what a Boeing spokesman told Roxana Tiron at The Hill newspaper last Thursday: […]

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The RAND slam

A new RAND Project Air Force report offers a revealing glimpse into the blue-suiter’s perspective on the Joint Cargo Aircraft program. This blog has long been skeptical that the USAF will actually buy the JCA, which, pending a protest decision, is the L-3 Communications/Alenia C-27J Spartan. Based on RAND’s report, that skepticism appears deserved. Here’s […]

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