The Slovenian government held a ceremony on Wednesday, December 20, to take delivery of the first C-27J Spartan, Leonardo’s tactical transport aircraft.
The aircraft is the result of an agreement signed in November 2021 and which provides for a second C-27J.
“The aircraft will not only be used by the Slovenian Armed Forces, but will also be at the service of citizens in the event of natural disasters, such as the ones we witnessed this summer. At that time, the Slovenian Armed Forces were among the first on the ground,” said Minister of Defense Marjan Šarec.
The Slovenian Armed Forces have a very limited aircraft fleet, with only one Let-410 turboprop and two Pilatus PC-6 single-engine aircraft intended for transport.
The C-27J Spartan can carry up to 7,800 kg in tactical missions and 11,300 kg in general missions. The aircraft is equipped with two Rolls-Royce AE 2100-D2A engines with 4,637 shp each that drive Dowty R-391 six-blade propellers.
The aircraft can take off at distances of up to 690 meters and land at just 350 meters at sea level.
The service ceiling is 30,000 feet (9,144 meters) and the cruising speed reaches 325 KTAS (602 km/h). The maximum range is 3,160 nm (5,852 km).
The C-27J is in service in 12 countries including Peru, Australia, Italy and the USA, where it operates in the Air Force and Coast Guard.
Leonardo claims to have more than 90 orders for the turboprop to date.