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Alenia C-27J Spartan

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Name C-27J Spartan
Manufacturer Alenia
Body Narrow
Wing Fixed Wing
Position High wing
Tail Regular tail, low set
WTC Medium
Type code L2T
Engine Turboprop
Engine count Multi
Position (Front) Wing leading mounted
Landing gear Tricycle retractable
Mass group 4

Manufacturered as:

ALENIA Spartan (C-27J)
ALENIA C-27J Spartan

Alenia C-27J Spartan

Alenia C-27J Spartan Alenia C-27J Spartan 3D


Military transport aircraft developed and manufactured by Leonardo's Aircraft Division (formerly Alenia Aermacchi). First flight in 1999, in service since June 2008. The aircraft is equipped with the engines and various other systems also used on the larger Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules.

In addition to the standard transport configuration, specialized variants of the C-27J have been developed for maritime patrol, search and rescue, C3 ISR (command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance), fire support and electronic warfare and ground-attack missions.

Technical Data

Wing span 28.7 m94.16 ft <br />
Length 22.7 m74.475 ft <br />
Height 10.5 m34.449 ft <br />
Powerplant 2 × Rolls-Royce AE2100-D2A (4,640 shp) turboprops with 6 blade propellers
Engine model Rolls-Royce AE 2100

Performance Data

Take-Off Initial Climb
(to 5000 ft)
Initial Climb
(to FL150)
Initial Climb
(to FL240)
MACH Climb Cruise Initial Descent
(to FL240)
(to FL100)
Descent (FL100
& below)
V2 (IAS) kts IAS kts IAS kts IAS kts MACH TAS 315 kts MACH IAS kts IAS kts Vapp (IAS) kts
Distance 640 m ROC 1960 ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min MACH ROD ft/min ROD ft/min MCS kts Distance 690 m
MTOW 3180031,800 kg <br />31.8 tonnes <br /> kg Ceiling FL300 ROD ft/min APC
WTC M Range 12001,200 nm <br />2,222,400 m <br />2,222.4 km <br />7,291,338.588 ft <br /> NM

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving C27J

  • C130 / C27J, manoeuvring, near Mackall AAF NC USA, 2014 (On 1 December 2014, a night mid-air collision occurred in uncontrolled airspace between a Lockheed C130H Hercules and an Alenia C27J Spartan conducting VFR training flights and on almost reciprocal tracks at the same indicated altitude after neither crew had detected the proximity risk. Substantial damage was caused but both aircraft were successfully recovered and there were no injuries. The Investigation attributed the collision to a lack of visual scan by both crews, over reliance on TCAS and complacency despite the inherent risk associated with night, low-level, VFR operations using the Night Vision Goggles worn by both crews.)