PARIS --- Peru has doubled its order for Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan twin-engined tactical transport aircraft, and will ultimately order as many as eight more, according to Italian and Peruvian press reports.
Peru awarded an initial order for two aircraft in November 2013, worth about $122 million, and will now order another two for a similar price. The order, which will be finalized before the end of the year, was announced by Peru’s Defense Minister, Pedro Cateriano Bellido, who is currently touring Europe.
Bellido was speaking at Turin-Caselle, where Alenia is assembling the first Peruvian C-27J. Details of the follow-on agreement will be announced after Bellido meets his Italian counterpart, Roberta Pinotti, on May 8.
He added that Peru’s final goal is to replace its fleet of 12 obsolete Antonov An-32 twin turboprops, implying that it will buy a similar number of C-27Js for military as well as civil protection, anti-drug and casualty evacuation.
Alenia Aermacchi’s CEO, Giuseppe Giordo, said the company would soon open an office in Lima, “given the size of Peru’s program,” to manage the contract, which he said “opens interesting market prospects throughout Latin America,” the only continent in which Alenia Aermacchi was not previously present.
Click here for our original Dec. 2 analysis of the initial contract.
-- May 8: Corrected error relating to reason for minister's visit to Alenia plant.