The Royal Australian Air Force today welcomed the 10th and final C-27J Spartan into service during a ceremony at RAAF Base Richmond.
FILE PHOTO (June 2015): RAAF C-27J Spartan. Photo by Corporal David Said.
Minister for Defence Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne congratulated RAAF on completing the upgrade to the Australian Defence Force’s comprehensive fleet of air mobility platforms.
Minister Payne said the Spartan was a highly versatile aircraft that would enhance battlefield airlift capability of the Australian Defence Force.
“Spartan provides flexibility to Defence operations, allowing [the RAAF] to land at airfields that are smaller or unsuitable for larger transport aircraft like the C-130J Hercules and C-17A Globemaster,” Minister Payne said.
“Spartan can carry up to 5 tonnes of cargo and is capable of moving troops, equipment and supplies, conducting aero-medical evacuation missions and conducting air drops.”
Minister Payne said the Spartans were currently operated by No. 35 Squadron at RAAF Base Richmond, and would relocate to RAAF Base Amberley in early 2019.
“The relocation to Amberley will allow No. 35 Squadron to work from facilities purpose-built for Spartan, and to be more responsive when deploying across Australia and into the Asia Pacific,” Minister Payne said.
Over the past 12 months, the Spartan has supported the 2017 Papua New Guinea parliamentary elections and during international exercises in New Zealand, Guam and New Caledonia.
Initial Operating Capability for the Spartan was declared in late 2016, and Final Operating Capability is expected in late 2019.
|Crew||Pilot, co-pilot, loadmaster|
|Engine||2 Rolls-Royce AE 2100-D2|
|Airframe||Length: 22.7 m, height: 9.6 m|
|Range||1700km at maximum take off weight.|
|Capacity||34 passengers; or 21 stretcher patients; or 5000kg of cargo|
|Weapons||Electronic self-protection measures|
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