Looking beyond the tactical transport roles, the variants grouped under the MC-27J name are designed to cope with the current and future operational scenarios, requiring a flexible, effective and efficient multi-mission aircraft, quickly reconfigurable thanks to modular roll-on/roll-off systems to be, from time to time, a C3-ISR (Command, Control, Communication, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance), SIGINT (SIGnal INTelligence) or Fire Support asset. The MC-27J mission kits/pallets require minimal airframe modification and offer acquisition and operating costs significantly lower than a dedicated platform.
The mission portfolio of the MC-27J can be tailored to the specific customer needs and can include tasks such as Command & Control, Ground Surveillance, Border Patrol, ELINT (ELectronic INTellingence), COMINT (COMunication INTelligence) and Fire Support. The installation of the gun pallet enables direct engagement of enemy targets and direct fire support to ground troops, allowing staying out from most of surface-to-air threats.
A MC-27J in C3-ISR configuration can put its superior survivability, performances and endurance to good use on any battlefield, providing persistent area monitoring, mission oversight and coordination and establishing communication/video gateways.
Typical sensors and equipment can be installed on the MC-27J in accordance with the specific customer requirements: AESA Search Radar providing world class-leading capabilities across overland and maritime domains; Electro-Optical/Infra-Red (EO/IR) system; Electronic Support Measures (ESM) to detect, locate and identify radar emitting targets, essential for ISR and SIGINT/ELINT missions; palletized, quickly removable Mission System to manage the sensors, analyze the gathered information and perform a true Data Fusion, providing the crew with a detailed, real time overall tactical picture; enhanced Communication System connected to the Mission System, also for SIGINT/COMINT purposes; highly accurate gun mounted on a standard 463L pallet, able to fire through the LH rear door.