Alenia Aeronautica is in talks with Northrop Grumman to become a potential partner in establishing a final assembly facility in the U.S. for the C-27J, which is being purchased by the Pentagon, according to Alenia officials. Finmeccanica, Alenia’s parent company, has had turbulent relations with U.S. partners on the tactical airlifter program. Originally, Lockheed Martin was teamed to market he aircraft stateside, but it bowed out in favor of more anticipated sales in the C-130J arena. ...

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