C-27J Spartan Next Generation

Widely recognised as the most effective multi-role military transport aircraft in its size class, the C-27J Next Generation features new avionics and aerodynamic developments for greater efficiency and improved operating performance.

Missions & features

An unrivalled tactical solution

Used in the most challenging operational environments, from the high altitudes of the Andes to Afghanistan, the C-27J’s performance and operating efficiency are enabled by new avionics, featuring a glass cockpit with five multi-functional colour screens, a radar system for tactical transport missions and advanced communication systems. The system architecture guarantees interoperability with other transport aircraft and can be easily integrated with in-flight refuelling, self-protection, secure communications and ballistic protection, allowing the aircraft to operate in high threat environments, transporting materials, light vehicles and personnel to wherever they are needed. The C-27J can operate in complete autonomy thanks to its Auxiliary Power Unit (APU).

Unmatched capacity

The C-27J boasts the largest cargo compartment in its category, capable of supporting about five tonnes per square metre and adjustable in height and inclination for easy loading and unloading. With the best descent and climb rates (4,000ft/min and 2,500 ft/min), it can perform tactical manoeuvres at 3g and is qualified for short take-off and landing (STOL) on snowy, sandy and unprepared runways.

For a vast range of missions

A multitude of kits and easy to install and transportable roll-on/roll-off mission systems allow the C-27J to be rapidly transformed into the configuration required for the relevant mission. As a ‘tactical airlifter’, the aircraft’s versatility extends from airlifts of troops and cargo to airdrops of paratroopers and materials, from medical battlefield evacuation to VIP transportation, from humanitarian assistance and natural disaster response to firefighting. The C-27J can be configured in the Maritime Patrol (MPA), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Command-Control-Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C3ISR) versions.

Sensors, systems, equipment and firefighting

The C-27J can be fitted with Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) search radar, electro-optical/infrared systems and other specific sensors essential for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR), Maritime Patrol (MPA), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) missions, support to Special Operation Forces and ground troops. The aircraft’s sensors can be managed via a palletised and rapidly removable mission system that analyses data collected and transmits it to the crew in real time.

The fire fighter configuration with roll-on/roll-off second generation Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS II) by United Aeronautical Corporation, world leader in advanced aerial application systems, enhances the C-27J's  multi-mission capabilities.