New success in the United States for Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica firm (Milan: FNC
.MI - news). Its subsidiary Alenia North America has signed a contract of 287 million USD worth with the U.S. Air Force (USAF
) for 18 reconditioned tactical transport aircraft G-222. The G-222, used until 2005 by AMI (Italian Air Force) will be delivered to the Afghanistan National Army Air Corps(ANAAC) from the US Kabul based Combined Air Power Transition Force.
Delivery will begin in 2009 and will continue throughout 2011.
Currently, the agreement provides for 18 aircraft in standard configuration, two modules for VIP carry, an initial supply of spare parts, equipment for ground support, technical manuals and logistical support for the first three years.
Pier Francesco Guarguaglini, president and CEO of Finmeccanica, said: "This contract is yet another signal of the strong growth of our Group in the U.S. market and, together with continuous investment growth, it once again witnesses our commitment on the U.S. This order represents a great honor for Finmeccanica and we are proud that the Air Force of the United States has chosen the G-222.
believes that the performance of G.222 will allows ANAAC to reach a long-term stability of operations in Afghanistan. G-222, has been in service until 2005 with the Italian Air Force and also has been operated in the 90s by the USAF
as C-27A. It has a payload of up to nine tons of cargo, 53 full equipped soldiers or 36 injured.
The capacity of G.222 to fly at high altitude makes it ideal for tactical transport needs in Afghanistan. It is specifically designed for military use, reliable, sturdy and able to take off in many unfavourable operating conditions, even from short and rough runways.