Finmeccanica eyes new U.S. orders for C-27J aircraft


Finmeccanica said the United States might restart ordering C-27J military cargo aircraft, a key part of the relaunch of the Italian aerospace and defence group’s Alenia Aermacchi unit.

Earlier this year, the United States ended the procurement of C-27Js when contracts for 17 out of 38 aircraft initially planned had yet to be finalised.

Finmeccanica said a committee at the U.S. Congress had reconsidered the decision, Reuters reports.
“The cancellation was decided by the U.S. government … but the congress, which has final approval over the budget, has taken steps to continue the C-27J program for at least another year,” Alenia chief executive Giuseppe Giordo said on Friday.

U.S. defence contractor L-3 Communications Holdings is partner of Alenia in the C-27J project in the United States.

Finmeccanica is undergoing a restructuring plan that includes asset sales and an overhaul of unprofitable businesses.

The relaunch of Alenia includes focusing on proprietary products such as the C-27J. In May, Australia ordered 10 C-27Js worth 800 million euros.