Although the saga surrounding the C-27J airlifter buy in the U.S. continues, Alenia Aeronautica is engaged in increasingly serious talks with Northrop Grumman over a possible partnership for stateside final assembly of the aircraft. But much hinges on how many Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA) the U.S. plans to purchase; originally at 78, the number was trimmed to 38 in the Fiscal 2010 budget request. If the buy grows—and company officials are hopeful because of Army and Special Operations ...


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