Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Army Requests Details on Transport Planes
The Army sent out requests in May to various aircraft manufacturers for details on medium transport airplanes, an initial step in the purchase of new aircraft. The manufacturers have responded, and each model is now being evaluated, according to a report in Diario Financiero. The request for information marked the first concrete step toward the planned purchase of at least four medium transports. Airbus and Alenia were among the companies contacted. Alenia builds the Spartan C27J while Airbus makes the rival C-295. The Army asked for details on each model's medical, firefighting, paratroop and other configurations, the report said. The C-212 light transports have been retired, leaving just a couple of C-235 planes in the Army fleet.