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RAAF starts C-27J training

written by WOFA | December 22, 2014

A34-001 during its first flight at Turin in December 2013.

The RAAF has accepted the first two of 10 C-27J Spartan tactical airlifters onto the Commonwealth register, and commenced maintenance training on the aircraft at L-3’s facility at Waco in Texas on December 8, and aircrew training with instructors from L-3 Communications on December 15.

The milestone is the latest in the RAAF’s effort to renew a tactical battlefield airlifter capability in Australia from mid-2015 with a re-established 35SQN at RAAF Richmond near Sydney.

It had been hoped to commence training on the aircraft in August, but the delay was incurred in part because of the transfer of the C-27J from the US Air National Guard to the US Army and Coast Guard and the closure of the ANG’s training centre in Georgia, and the subsequent need to establish a new industry-run training facility at Waco.

“The C-27J will integrate seamlessly with existing Defence transports such as Army’s CH-47 Chinooks and Air Force’s C-130J Hercules and C-17A Globemaster III,” RAAF Director General Capability Planning (DGCP) AIRCDRE Mike Kitcher said in a statement.

Commander of Air Mobility Group AIRCDRE Warren McDonald added that the C-27J will be able to access airfields currently unsuitable for the larger C-17 and C-130. “Across the Asia Pacific region, there are numerous airfields which are too small or otherwise unsuitable for aircraft such as the C-130J. The C-27J will have the capacity to carry useful loads such as personnel or vehicles, and be capable of delivering loads on the ground or by airdrop.”

The first RAAF C-27J – A34-001 – entered Alenia Aermacchi’s Turin assembly line in December 2012 and first flew on December 18 2013. It was ferried to L-3 Com in Waco in March this year for fitment of the aircraft’s ballistic protection matting, EW/self-protection systems, and communications suite.




RAAF starts C-27J training Comment

  • Chris


    RAAF thinking to use the Spartan in a hub and spoke role into 600m runways are in marked contrast to an air transport industry that went point to point decades ago. The C27J carries up to 9734kg of fuel within a fuel payload balance of 13.5-14.8mtonnes depending on g limits. Given the ALOC ranges required in our region its effectiveness will be limited until the optional aerial refuelling probe is acquired. The typical payload of 6mtonnes can be only be delivered to Norfolk Island from Richmond without refuelling to fly home. Pallets and PAX might be cross loaded from C17A and C130J30 but no vehicle bigger than a GWagon will fit into the C27J. The Nary requires 1klb of dunnage on the floor.

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