C-27J per il SOCOM
Continua l’interminabile saga dei C-27J yankee. Pare infatti che il Pentagono abbia recentemente assegnato allo Special Operations Command (SOCOM) almeno sette esemplari dello Spartan.
The Pentagon has assigned seven C-27J Spartans to US Special Operations Command (SOCOM), but has not decided the fate of the Air Force’s remaining airlifters.
Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter made the decision on Oct. 28, according to Pentagon spokeswoman Ann Stefanek.
Three airlifters at Pope Air Force Base, N.C., will be transferred to SOCOM by the end of this month, Stefanek said. Four more are in production and are scheduled for delivery directly to SOCOM between December and April 2014.
In particular, the SOCOM move could provide a shot of credibility for the Spartan and spur further international sales, said Richard Aboulafia, an analyst with the Virginia-based Teal Group.
“SOCOM doesn’t take things casually,” Aboulafia said. “It is an endorsement of the plane’s capabilities.”
The plane’s reputation could be particularly boosted if SOCOM decides to modify the planes into the MC-27J gunship configuration, Aboulafia said. That configuration, a joint development between Alenia and ATK, adds a 30mm cannon and dual-console mission management system to the plane.
Una buona notizia ogni tanto. Il SOCOM sapra’ certamente apprezzare e valorizzare questi aerei molto meglio dell’USAF.