Leonardo has added Tanzania to its list of buyers for the C-27J Spartan, with the African nation to acquire two of the tactical transports under a contract announced on 9 January.

“The C-27Js will be operated for carrying out humanitarian missions, search and rescue and firefighting operations on Mount Kilimanjaro and in the East Africa region,” the Italian airframer says.


Source: Leonardo

Tanzania is to follow nations including Italy in fielding the C-27J airlifter

Cirium data indicates that the airlifters are due to be delivered to Tanzania in June and December 2025.

Leonardo has enjoyed multiple sales of the C-27J to African air forces, with current users of the type being Chad, Kenya, Morocco and Zambia.

Meanwhile, the airframer in December 2023 announced that the global fleet of C-27Js had passed 250,000 operational flying hours.

“Chosen by military operators in 17 countries worldwide, the C-27J has been deployed since its entry into service into the most challenging terrains, environmental and operating contexts, from the Andes to Afghanistan,” it says.