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MoU signed for C-27J airplane through life support in New Zealand

Between Leonardo and Northrop Grumman Australia at the "Avalon Air Show"

Leonardo and Northrop Grumman Australia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) during "Avalon Air Show" (see AVIONEWS) to partner on C-27J through life support services in New Zealand. Under the memorandum, Leonardo, manufacturer of the C-27J Spartan tactical airlifter, and Northrop Grumman Australia Pty Limited, a reference provider of regional aircraft and electronic component sustainment services, will jointly bid the incoming Future Air Mobility Capability (FAMC) Program of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). The parties will use their existing relationship to offer the C-27J to New Zealand as a replacement for the aging C-130H fleet.

Leonardo, together with Northrop Grumman Australia, will bring a whole-of-life sustainment approach to the airplane, and a roadmap for future modernisation and upgrades using extensive reach-back and sovereign capabilities. The versatility of the C-27J, combined with Northrop Grumman Australia’s proven track record and exemplary performance with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Spartan fleet, will allow the RNZAF to seamlessly perform the widest range of airlift missions, along with humanitarian aid & disaster relief, search & rescue and VIP transport, in the harshest environmental scenarios.

The Northrop Grumman Australia team of more than fifty personnel at RAAF Base Richmond provides logistics, engineering, modernisation and upgrade capabilities to provide forward-thinking analytical solutions for the C-27J platform. The team delivers a predictive, holistic and continually optimised approach to provide game-changing mission readiness and anticipate necessary modernisations and enhancements to the fleet.

The C-27J Spartan has been designed as a true military tactical/battlefield airlifter to routinely operate from short austere airstrips. 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 model is currently in operation globally with various military services, including the US Army, US Coast Guard, Italian Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force.

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