By Associated Press
JACKSONVILLE, FL (AP) -- New military cargo planes will be built in Florida. The Department of Defense says an assembly plant at Jacksonville's Cecil Field, a former Navy base, will employ more than 200 people for the project.
The cargo planes being built are the C-27-J Spartan. The planes are designed for cargo and troop transport, tactical operations, medical evacuation and firefighting. They can take off and land with short runways and can carry up to two armored Humvees or 68 troops.
The contract for the C-27J goes to a group led by L-3 Communications Holdings. The group includes Boeing and Italian aircraft manufacturer subsidiary Alenia North America. They will supply at least 78 of the planes.
The DOD says the contract is estimated to be worth more than $2 billion over five years.
Source: The Florida Times-Union