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USCG to receive offloaded C-27Js from USAF

14 January 2014

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is to receive 14 Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan transport aircraft that are being offloaded by the US Air Force (USAF), the company disclosed in early January.

Having handed its C-27Js over to Air National Guard control, the USAF has now divested itself of all 21 aircraft on account of budgetary pressures. (USAF)Having handed its C-27Js over to Air National Guard control, the USAF has now divested itself of all 21 aircraft on account of budgetary pressures. (USAF)

The transfer, which was approved by Congress on 19 December and signed into law on 26 December, will see the aircraft inducted into the USCG for operations beginning "in the next six to 12 months", Alenia said.

The company added that it anticipates all 14 aircraft being outfitted with surface-search radars, electro-optical sensors and mission suite ahead of their role as medium range-surveillance, maritime patrol, drug and migrant interdiction, disaster response, and search and rescue platforms.



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