Posted by John McHaleWASHINGTON, 27 Sept. 2010. Alenia North America, a subsidiary of Alenia Aeronautica and part of the Finmeccanica group, won an approximately $30 million contract from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to supply two additional modernized and refurbished C-27/G.222 tactical transport aircraft for the Afghanistan air force (AAF). The new contract includes two aircraft with ballistic protection for the cockpit and liquid oxygen compartment, technical support, and travel in support of the AAF. The aircraft will be delivered by the end of 2011. The C-27/G.222 AAF program includes 20 aircraft in a standardized operational configuration, with two aircraft in a VIP configuration for Presidential and VIP airlift. Alenia North America is also on contract to provide U.S. Air Force Air Advisor training at their facility in Capodichino, Naples.This contract win follows the initial contract, awarded in October 2008, to provide 18 aircraft, spare parts, ground support equipment, technical publications and contract logistics support in Afghanistan for $287 million.Since September 2009, the AAF has taken delivery of seven C-27/G.222 aircraft including one VIP aircraft. Currently, six of these aircraft have been deployed to Afghanistan, with the seventh aircraft based at Alenia Aeronautica's plant in Capodichino, Italy supporting ongoing Air Advisor training. Logistical support in Afghanistan is being carried out by L-3 Vertex Aerospace.