Alenia Aermacchi HC-27J “Spartan” (2014)

Alenia Aermacchi HC-27J “Spartan” The Coast Guard acquired, through an intra-service transfer, 14 Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartans that the U.S. Air Force planned to place in storage. Alenia and Lockheed Martin had worked together to upgrade Alenia’s   G.222 for bid entry into the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force Joint Cargo Aircraft competition. The design was changed to use the C-130J Rolls-Royce AE 2100 engine and a six bladed propeller. Other design changes were the C-130J glass cockpit, the fully digital 1553 systems and avionics architecture, and the cargo compartment was updated to increase commonality. The aircraft was given a military designation of C-27J. In March of 2012 the U.S. Coast Guard did an evaluation as to the feasibility of taking over the existing C-27J aircraft from the U.S. Air Force.  In early 2013 the Air Force completely shut down the C-27J program and began the decommissioning and storage of the existing aircraft.  The Coast Guard wanted all 21 of the C-27Js, The U.S Special Operations Command [...]