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Leonardo-Built Multimission Airlifter to Enter Final Testing Phase


Leonardo is set to conduct final tests for the latest configuration of a multimission airlifter that is designed to perform military transport operations and is scheduled for delivery to an undisclosed client in 2021.

The C-27J Spartan's Next Generation configuration will feature a new avionics platform, updated aerodynamic systems and new equipment, the company said Wednesday.

The aircraft's avionics system is compliant with Next Generation Air Traffic Control requirements, while its Auxiliary Power Unit is capable of making the aircraft autonomous and self-reliable during missions.

The configuration will also feature new winglets to augment climb performance and increase maximum takeoff weight by 2.2K pounds.

Spartan has a descent and climb rate of 4K to 2.5K feet per minute and can carry out 3g tactical maneuvers and short take-off and landing activities on sandy and snowy areas.

The company offers the new baseline configuration as an upgrade to C-27J capabilities.

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Written by Matthew Nelson

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