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The Royal Australian Air Force takes delivery of its first Alenia C-27J Spartan tactical airlifter

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World Defense & Security News - Australia
 
 
 
The Royal Australian Air Force takes delivery of its first Alenia C-27J Spartan tactical airlifter
 
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has taken delivery of the first of ten Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan tactical airlifters. The new aircraft has touched down at its new home of RAAF Base Richmond, the Australian Aviation website announced on June 25th, 2015.
     
The Royal Autralian Air Force (RAAF) has taken delivery of the first of ten Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan tactical airlifters. The new aircraft has touched down at its new home of RAAF Base Richmond, the Australian Aviation website announced on June 25th, 2015. RAAF C-27J A34-001 tactical airlifter on approach to Richmond
(Seth Jaworski)
     
"The aircraft, A34-001, landed at Richmond at approximately 3:45 on Thursday afternoon at the end of the last leg of its delivery flight from prime contractor L-3’s Waco, Texas facility, where it departed on June 15", said the Australian website.

Delivery of the second C-27J, A34-002, is expected for August this year.

RAAF's first C-27J Spartan entered Alenia Aermacchi’s Turin assembly line in December 2012 and performed its maiden flight on December 18 2013. It was then ferried to L-3 in Waco in March 2014 for fitment of its ballistic protection matting, EW/self-protection systems, and communications suite. The RAAF then accepted the first two C-27J Spartans onto the Commonwealth register, and commenced training on the aircraft at L-3’s facility at Waco, last December.

The C-27Js are being acquired as battlefield airlifters to replace the capability lost with the retirement of the DHC-4 Caribou in 2009. The ten C-27Js ordered by Australia will be based at Amberley.

The Alenia C-27J Spartan is a medium-sized military transport aircraft developed and manufactured by Alenia Aermacchi. It is an advanced derivative of Alenia Aeronautica's earlier G.222 (C-27A Spartan in U.S. service), equipped with the engines and various other systems also used on the larger Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules. In addition to the standard transport configuration, specialized variants of the C-27J have been developed for electronic warfare and ground-attack missions.

(Source: Australian Aviation)