Slovakia has received into service its second and final Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan tactical transport aircraft.
The country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 9 April that the second of the two aircraft ordered in 2014 had now arrived at Malacky-Kuchyna air base near the Austrian border. Malacky-Kuchyna is home to the Slovak Air Force’s (Vzdusné sily Slovenskej Republiky) transport wing which also fields the Let L-410 Turbolet twin-turboprop cargo aircraft.
Slovakia has acquired the twin-engined turboprop to replace the already-retired Warsaw Pact-era Antonov An-26 ‘Curl’ airlifters it inherited with the split from the Czech Republic in 1993. Following a protracted procurement process that lasted about six years, a contract was signed in 2014 that was estimated to be worth EUR120 million (USD152 million at the time).
This first aircraft was delivered somewhat later than planned in October 2017, since when it has been busy with its tactical airlift duties, including supporting Slovak troops undertaking UN peacekeeping duties in Cyprus.
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