PICTURE: Moroccan air force gets first C-27J transport

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Alenia Aeronautica has delivered its first of four C-27J Spartan tactical transports to the Moroccan air force.

The North African country signed a contract worth about €130 million ($165 million) with the Italian company in October 2008, which industry and local sources say also includes a two-year package of training and logistics support, plus options for a VIP module.

Industry sources say Morocco's aircraft will be delivered in a configuration similar to that already in service with other international C-27J customers, including provisions for a self-protection suite.

 
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The new transports will replace some of the air force's Lockheed Martin C-130Hs. Local sources say the Spartan was selected because of its ability to conduct operations without deployed ground support, and to operate under extreme environmental conditions.