The USAF has placed an order for eight C-27J tactical transports from Finmeccanica, bringing to 21 the total number of C-27Js ordered for the service.
Under the previous Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA) requirement for the USAF and US Army, as many as 108 C-27Js were to be acquired, but this has been reduced to a just 39 aircraft with the Army’s withdrawal from the JCA program.
Funding for a further eight C-27Js has been included in the FY2011 budget currently going through the various approval processes in the US.
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