Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica company, has delivered today, at "Vrazhdebna" military base of Sofia (in Bulgaria), the final C-27J ordered by the Bulgarian Air Force in 2006, and unveiled a logistics support centre for the aircraft.
The delivery ceremony was attended by Mr. Boyko Borisov, Bulgarian Prime Minister, Mr. Anu Anguelov, Bulgarian Defence Minister, Mr. Giuseppe Cossiga, Italian Defence Undersecretary, Mr. Stefano Benazzo, Italian Ambassador in Bulgaria, Gen. S.A. Maurizio Ludovisi, Deputy-Chief of Staff of the Italian Air Force and Mr. Giuseppe Giordo, Chief Executive Officer of Alenia Aeronautica and Responsible of the Aeronautics sector of Finmeccanica Group.
"The unveiling of this logistics centre is evidence of Alenia Aeronautica's ability and willingness to offer its customers cutting-edge products and services while developing strategic and lasting relationships," said Mr. Giuseppe Giordo.
The Bulgarian Air Force's fleet now includes three C-27J tactical transport aircraft, compliant with the NATO standards and interoperable with heavier airlifters in service with other Atlantic Alliance countries and capable of operating also in the most complex operational scenarios, thanks to its active and passive self-defence systems.
The Bulgarian C-27Js are in fact equipped with self-defence systems that significantly improve the aircraft's capability of operating also in the most difficult operational conditions.
In addition to Bulgaria, the C-27J has been ordered by the air forces of Italy, Greece, Lithuania, Romania, Morocco (first non-NATO Country) and by the US.
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