US Coast Guard re­ceives C-27s

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

The US Coast Guard Com­man­dant Adm. Robert J. Papp said he was “de­lighted” to re­ceive 14 of the 21 brand-new C-27J Spar­tan medium-range air­craft that were con­signed to the bone­yard by Air Force budget cuts. “It saves us about a half a bil­lion dol­lars in ac­qui­si­tion costs, and we’re off and run­ning the pro­gramme now,” the Ad­mi­ral said.

US Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Com­mand will re­ceive the re­main­ing seven air­craft soon. Papp said he ex­pects the Coast Guard to be fully us­ing the air­craft in fis­cal year 2016, not­ing that the de­lay is due to the need to qual­ify in­struc­tors and thor­oughly train the pi­lot and main­te­nance forces.

In com­pe­ti­tion, the C-27J orig­i­nally lost out to the HC-144 Ocean Sen­try due to higher life­cy­cle costs, the ad­mi­ral said. The Coast Guard has pur­chased 18 HC-144s, he said, not­ing that he ex­pects to end the pro­gramme at 18 air­craft.

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