14 Ale­nia Aer­ma­c­chi C-27Js trans­ferred to US Coast Guard

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) will ac­quire 14 Ale­nia Aer­ma­c­chi C-27Js as part of an in­traser­vice trans­fer from the United States Air Force (USAF). The trans­fer was ap­proved on De­cem­ber 19 through the Con­gres­sional pas­sage of the 2014 Na­tional De­fense Au­tho­riza­tion Act and for­mally signed into law by Pres­i­dent Obama on De­cem­ber 26.

The law al­lows 14 of the cur­rent USAF C-27Js to be promptly trans­ferred to the USCG with ini­tial flight op­er­a­tions com­menc­ing within 6-12 months. The air­craft will be used for medium range sur­veil­lance USCG mis­sions such as mar­itime pa­trol, drug and mi­grant in­ter­dic­tion, dis­as­ter re­sponse, and search and res­cue.

The com­pany also an­tic­i­pates the USCG will im­me­di­ately be­gin the process for ex­pand­ing the C-27J’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties with tai­lored mis­sion kits to in­clude sur­face-search radars, elec­tro-op­ti­cal sen­sors and mis­sion suites in­stalled on all 14 planes.

The air­craft rep­re­sent a highly ef­fi­cient, cost-ef­fec­tive so­lu­tion to the USCG’s Deep­wa­ter re­cap­i­tal­iza­tion pro­gram and re­in­force the C-27J’s proven adapt­abil­ity, ma­neu­ver­abil­ity, and speed for mar­itime and search and res­cue mis­sions.

The C-27J will play an im­por­tant role in im­prov­ing the re­sponse ca­pa­bil­ity and op­er­a­tional ef­fec­tive­ness of the USCG and gen­er­at­ing sig­nif­i­cant cost sav­ings for the tax­payer. With this trans­fer, the USCG will re­ceive an air­craft with the ad­vanced medium sur­veil­lance ca­pa­bil­i­ties needed to fur­ther en­hance its abil­ity to per­form crit­i­cal mis­sions. The C-27J will pro­vide the USCG with greater range, en­durance, speed and pay­load ca­pac­ity than other twin tur­bo­props in its in­ven­tory, and the ca­pa­bil­ity to per­form both medium and long-range mis­sions, said Ben­jamin Stone, Pres­i­dent and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Ale­nia Aer­ma­c­chi’s North Amer­i­can busi­ness unit.

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