Slovenian Protection Minister Marjan Šarec has signed a contract to obtain a second C-27J Spartan navy transport plane from Italy.
The settlement builds on a 48-million-euro ($51.26 million) international navy sale in November 2021, which ordered a single C-27J, corresponding ballistic modules, medevac capabilities, and a decontamination system.
The order, valued at 45.4 million euros ($48.58 million), is predicted to ship the identical configuration because the preliminary plane and features a two-year guarantee.
The price of each purchases, together with certification, logistics assist, insurance coverage, and upkeep, shall be 128.91 million euros ($137.68 million), excluding value-added tax.
Two Tactical Cargo Plane by 2024
In line with the Slovenian Ministry of Protection, development of the primary C-27J is full and is presently being licensed.
Italy will hand the plane over later this yr, whereas the second shall be shipped in December 2024.
The brand new tactical cargo platforms shall be flown because the Slovenian Air Power’s main belongings for worldwide deployments.
They may also be used to assist missions with different state authorities and navy efforts inside the EU and NATO.
Moreover, the C-27Js shall be employed for civil safety throughout pure disasters and assist accomplice nations missing aerial transport capabilities.
“The 2 plane will thus present capability and fill the gaps when one plane is unavailable resulting from upkeep,” the protection ministry stated.
“Regardless of a two-year hole because the signing of the Implementing Settlement underneath which we bought the primary C-27J Spartan tactical transport plane, we managed to barter a worth discount of virtually €3.5 million.”
“The firefighting and passenger transport modules already bought will be capable to be used interchangeably by each plane.”
On prime of the C-27J acquisition, Slovenia in August introduced plans to purchase a fleet of six helicopters to switch its Bell 412s.
The acquisition, estimated at $217 million, is predicted to bolster the nation’s particular operations unit, fight search and rescue capabilities, and transport operations.
The nation has but to disclose which helicopter mannequin was acquired.