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The air force welcomes the C-27J Spartan

The first RAAF C-27J Spartan battlefield airlift aircraft landed on RAAF Base Richmond on the last day of June. "

The first RAAF C-27J Spartan battlefield airlift aircraft landed on RAAF Base Richmond on the last day of June, which also happened to be the base's 90th anniversary. 

Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown, AO, welcomed the state of the art aircraft. 

Since the Caribou fleet retired in 2009, there has been a void in Australia's military capability for tactical fixed wing airlift - this will no longer be an issue with the addition of the C-27J Spartan.

Air Marshal Brown said acquiring 10 C-27J aircraft is part of a $1.4 billion investment aimed at improving the RAAF's airlift capability. 

"This acquisition represents a commitment to Australia's air power capability which is a critical element of Australia's national security and defence strategy," he commented.

He added that the new aircraft will assist in bolstering the defence force's capability immensely. 

"The aircraft will complement the capabilities of the C-130J Hercules and C-17A Globemaster and will be able to carry medium-sized loads and access smaller runways that are not suited to other aircraft," he said.

With missile warning systems, electronic self protection, secure communications and battlefield armour on board the C-27J is designed to deal with a number of threats. 

The fleet will move from its temporary home RAAF Base Richmond in New South Wales to the Amberley base in Queensland, once it is complete.   

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