Leonardo and Northrop Grumman to offer C-27J aircraft for New Zealand
Leonardo and Northrop Grumman to offer C-27J aircraft for New Zealand

Leonardo and Northrop Grumman to offer C-27J aircraft for New Zealand

Northrop Grumman Australia and the Italian aerospace company Leonardo announced a partnership to build and maintain troop carrier aircraft to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). Under the agreement, the companies will partner on a bid for the incoming future air mobility capability (FAMC) programme of the RNZAF to offer the Leonardo-built C-27J as a replacement for the country’s ageing C-130H fleet. They will jointly bid on the Future Air Mobility Capability Program of the Air Force, and use their existing relationship to offer the C-27J to New Zealand as a replacement for its aging C-130H fleet.

Leonardo C-27J aircraft
Leonardo C-27J aircraft

The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) can use the C-27J to perform a wide range of airlift missions in adverse environmental conditions, including humanitarian aid, disaster relief, transport, and search and rescue. Both companies will prepare a roadmap for future modernisation and upgrades using reach-back and sovereign capabilities. Leonardo intends to leverage the existing partnership with Northrop Grumman Australia for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Spartan fleet.
Leonardo C-27J aircraft
Leonardo C-27J aircraft

The plane, formerly known as the Alenia C-27J Spartan, is a twin-engine turboprop military transport aircraft, equipped with engines and other systems also used on Lockheed Martin’s C-130J Super Hercules. The C-27J Spartan is a new generation tactical airlifter with great market success, with 82 aircraft already sold to 14 operators across five continents. The C-27J offers high operational effectiveness together with competitive costs, extreme flexibility, the best performance in its category in all conditions and unique interoperability with larger airlifters.

Leonardo C-27J aircraft
Leonardo C-27J aircraft

The Leonardo C-27J Spartan has been designed as a true military tactical/battlefield airlifter to routinely operate from short austere airstrips. The Spartan offers unique qualities, not found in aircraft of the same class or derived from commercial turboprops, such as: ruggedness, reliability, outstanding survivability and maneuverability. The aircraft has the capability to perform autonomous operations from remote areas and is qualified to perform short take-offs and landings on any type of unprepared airstrips (snow, sand, gravel and grass). The C-27J is currently in operation globally with various military services, including the U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, Italian Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force.

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