The first C-27J Spartan for the Slovak Air Force completed its maiden at Leonardo’s production facility at Turin-Caselle Airport on August 7.
It wears the experimental serial CSX62302 and yellow primer paint.
On December 22, 2008 it was announced by the Slovakian Ministry of Defence that the C-27J had been selected as the future tactical transport aircraft. Negotiations for the procurement of two aircraft and arrangements for offset agreements proved to be somewhat protracted. Finally, however, a contract for the aircraft was signed on October 29, 2014, with deliveries scheduled for 2017 and 2018, respectively.
The contract for the two Spartans for the Vzdušných síl Ozbrojené sily Slovenskej Republiky (VVzS OS SR, Air Arm of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic) includes initial logistic support and training for crews and maintenance personnel.
These new airlifters will replace the An-26s that were withdrawn from service last year and complement the L-410s at Malacky-Kuchyña air base, where they will be operated by 1. Dopravná letka (1st Transport Squadron). The L-410s are operated by 2. Dopravná letka.
The delivery of this first Spartan is expected in autumn.