C-27J Spartan

The C-27J Spartan complements the Australian Defence Force's existing air mobility fleet.

The first Spartan arrived in Australia in 2015. The fleet of 10 aircraft are operated by No. 35 Squadron and based at RAAF Base Amberley.

The capabilities of the C-27J bridge the gap between Army helicopters and larger Air Force aircraft.

The Spartan can operate from unsurfaced airstrips, and support humanitarian missions in remote locations. Much like the Hercules and Globemaster, the C-27J Spartan can:

  • airdrop cargo and paratroops in-flight;
  • airlift a variety of cargo loads; and
  • conduct aeromedical evacuation of sick or wounded personnel.


Manufacturer Alenia/L3
Role Light Tactical Airlift
  • Pilot 
  • Co-pilot 
  • Loadmaster
Length 22.7m
Height 9.6 m
Wingspan 28.7m
Weight 30,500 kg
Engines 2 Rolls-Royce AE 2100-D2
Range 1700km at maximum take off weight
Ceiling 30,000 feet
Max speed 670 km/h
  • 34 passengers
  • 21 stretcher patients
  • 5,000kg of cargo
Weapons Electronic self-protection measures