Alenia North America has run into more trouble with the US and the C-27. Finmeccanica has been trying to boost US sales of the C-27 and the new
Marine One, but in the latest disappointment, the USAF has decided not to renew a contract for to support and induct C-27As into the Afghan Air
After the halt of C-27Js for the US, and now this, there is very little left for Alenia North America with regards to US work after March.
In 2008, the USAF paid $314M for 20 G.222s (C-27A in the USAF). Since then, 16 have been delivered with 4 still in Italy. The 16 delivered have
struggled with serviceability issues, and have been grounded twice since delivery. Company officials have said that 10-12 aircraft are available,
which is more than the 6 required by the Air Force, and that they never received feedback to responses sent in after receiving notices of contract
deficiencies. They said that they have spent $20M of their own money, and another $60M would ensure the types continuation.
This is another contract issue that makes the Air Force look more like the Air Farce when it comes to contracts, and bidding. Finmeccanica will have
almost no recourse into getting any money back, as there is no major US partner in this contract. It would be so nice to see a contract bid by the
USAF actually either go right, or not turn into a major farce for a change.
U.S. Air Force officials have decided not to renew a contract with Alenia North America to support and induct the small, Italian-made C-27A
transport aircraft into the Afghan Air Force.
The decision, provided by the Air Force via letter Dec. 18, is the latest in a string of disappointments for Italian Aerospace conglomerate
Finmeccanica as it has sought to boost its U.S. business.
Last February, the Air Force abruptly halted purchases of Alenia’s C-27J Spartan for use by U.S. forces, In addition, Finmeccanica’s
AgustaWestland rotorcraft in 2009 lost the joint program with Lockheed Martin to build the next-generation Marine One presidential helicopter.
The Afghan transport decision leaves Alenia little stateside work beyond March.