Leonardo has flown its new baselined C-27J Spartan tactical transport aircraft for the first time, the company announced on 4 December.
The flight from Leonardo's Aircraft Division plant in Turin, Italy, marked a major milestone in the development of the aircraft, which has been upgraded to satisfy global air traffic management requirements. As noted by Leonardo, the aircraft has been fitted with new avionics, navigation systems, lighting, and other equipment.
As well as being fitted to all new C-27Js rolling off the production line, this new baseline configuration will also be offered to existing C-27J customers as a retrofit. These comprise Australia, Bulgaria, Chad, Greece, Italy, Kenya, Lithuania, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Romania, Slovakia, the US, and Zambia.