The European Defence Agency (EDA) has identified opportunities to work together with the European C-27J Spartan users to develop a far reaching level of interoperability as well as more cost efficient solutions for the operation and the support of the C27J. The activity finds its reference to the European Air Transport Fleet (EATF) scheme.
- Optimisation of human and financial resources;
- Reduction of costs;
- Develop concrete projects in the area of operations, training, logistics, procurement, airworthiness and SESAR.
At present, five European Member States operate the C-27J and one is acquiring it. EDA proposes to identify opportunities to pool expertise, human and technological resources to share common capabilities and reduce costs. As a “community of users”, C-27J operators are encouraged to identify concrete means to harmonise operations and training (common tactics, techniques and procedures, harmonisation of pilot training, etc.) or through the EATF partnership by attending European Air Transport Training events.
Proposals to pool logistics or maintenance are developed and EDA mechanisms such as Effective Procurement Methods and Sharing of Spare Parts could facilitate this process. Further transversal projects regarding airworthiness and common procurement for the C27J are implemented. Finally,recent SES regulatory processes, in particular those related to the deployment of Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) require immediate attention in order to preserve effective operational access to and integration within the airspace. This is the case for instance for insertion of new technologies and upgraded equipment. Hence this C27J AHWG will address these issues collectively for the C27J Spartan.