June 7, 2017 —
A C-27J Spartan medium range surveillance aircraft sits on the runway at the Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, March 31, 2016. The spare parts ordered June 6, 2017, will support C-27Js at the HC-27J Asset Project Office in Elizabeth City and Air Station Sacramento, California. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer NyxoLyno Cangemi.
The Coast Guard on June 6 awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to Leonardo SpA of Rome and exercised the base-year option for $19.1 million of spare parts to support its C-27J Spartan medium range surveillance aircraft.
The contract has a potential value of $58.8 million if all four option years are exercised. The contract covers spare and repairable parts, which will be used to establish an inventory to support aircraft at the HC-27J Asset Project Office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and Air Station Sacramento, California.
“This contract marks a major milestone for the C-27J project and represents a huge win for the U.S. Coast Guard,” said Lt. Cmdr. Bart Philpott, deputy program manager for the C-27J acquisition. “With the award of this contract, the U.S. Coast Guard is sending a five-year demand signal to the C-27J suppliers, greatly enabling their ability to forecast our spares requirements. The operational fleet will soon reap the benefits of this contract strategy and see aircraft availability rates improve.”
The C-27Js provide medium-range air capability for the Coast Guard’s maritime patrol, drug and migrant interdiction, disaster response, and search and rescue missions. Twelve aircraft have been accepted into the Coast Guard fleet. The remaining two aircraft are undergoing work to bring them out of long-term storage and are scheduled to complete the regeneration process by 2018.
For more information: Medium Range Surveillance Aircraft program page