Aggiornamento sui C-27J dell’US Army
Lo scorso anno pubblicai un paio di post (QUI e QUI) sui C-27J Spartan assegnati alla USASOC Flight Company. Dato il ruolo ed il reparto, le informazioni rilasciate sull’attivita’ di questi aerei sono state piuttosto scarne. A distanza di un anno, ho pensato dunque di aggiornarvi sulla situazione.
Le notizie sono ottime visto che le consegne alla Flight Company dell’US Army Special Operation Command sono ormai completate. Se ben ricordate all’USASOC erano destinate sette macchine. Bene, di queste cinque sono gia’ a Pope Army Airfield con le insegne dell’esercito, mentre le ultime due arriveranno al reparto entro Luglio (si veda piu’ in basso).
Oltre a questo, segnalo che Defense Media Network in questi giorni ha intervistato il comandante dell’U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command (ARSOAC), Brigadiere Generale Clayton M. Hutmacher. Fra le domande che gli sono sono state poste, un paio riguardano proprio il C-27J.
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So you’ve also got some of those surplus USAF C-27Js?
We’ll receive seven of them, and I’ve got five sitting here on Pope Army Airfield right now. As we speak, two more are being delivered next month directly from the factory.
What are you going to do with the seven new C-27Js?
We have had the USASOC Flight Detachment, which consists of CASA-212s, the UH-60 Black Hawks, and a Kingair. So, we’ve expanded it and renamed it the USASOC Flight Company, and actually they are all going to be one element in a special operations aviation squadron, which we’re standing up here at Fort Bragg.
We’re also going to have an aviation Foreign Internal Defense [FID] troop, which is actively engaged all over the world training our partner nations. We want their aviation forces to be able to stand up a similar capability like the 160th SOAR based on their resourcing, and train them how to approach that problem set.
We also have two directorates, including the Technical Applications Program Office [TAPO] at Fort Eustis commanded by Col. Paul Howard. They have all of our program managers for our different aircraft and systems, and do all of our acquisition actions up there. And we also have the Systems Integration Management Office [SIMO], which is essentially the interface between, or the users’ representative between, the 160th and TAPO. They are staffed with operational aviators out of the 160th SOAR, and they provide input into aircraft modifications, new aircraft fielding, weapons systems and the like, and are intimately involved throughout the process. It’s commanded by Lt. Col. Jesse Crispino.
Let me tell you where we’re healthy first. I told you earlier that our fixed-wing fleet, which is primarily focused on institutional training in the United States, is very healthy with the acquisition of the seven C-27J Spartans, which replaced a 26-year-old CASA-212. So, we are very, very healthy there and it was a real deal for us. We didn’t pay anything for them. So, it was about $300 million of cost savings for us.
I assume it’s fair to say those are good airplanes?
They are … absolutely. They are very impressive and we are very fortunate to have them. And as I said earlier, the Air Force has been a great partner for us. They provided us multiple semi-loads of spare parts too, which is going to help drive down our operating costs, at least for the near term.
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