Bulgaria Purchases Italian Aircrafts Within Month
The purchase is to be contracted by the end of April, Svinarov also said.
The army is to be revived with eight C-27J Spartan Tactical Transport Aircrafts, which are developed by Lockheed Martin Alenia Tactical Transport Systems (LMATTS), the Italian Corriere della Serra daily wrote on Tuesday.
One C-27J aircraft costs about USD 30 M, the newspaper also wrote.
The C-27J Spartan has the same logistical and maintenance characteristics of the Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules Medium Tactical Airlifter, and also shares commonality of the cargo capacity.
The primary roles of the C-27J are cargo transport, troop transport and material and paratroop air drop. Other missions include maritime patrol, tactical operations, medical evacuation, ground refuelling, fire-fighting and aerial spraying.
The purchase comes shortly after the country ordered 18 helicopters from a French company, Eurocopter, in February. The Balkan country worked out a purchasing program after it became a NATO member in April 2004, in a bid to modernize its armed forces with more advanced US and European equipment.
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