C-27J Spartan

Much like the Hercules and Globemaster, the C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifter can:

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

The first Spartan arrived in Australia in 2015 and is currently based at RAAF Base Richmond, operated by No. 35 Squadron.

The remainder of the fleet will be delivered by late 2017, and the squadron will relocate to RAAF Base Amberley once permanent facilities are completed in 2019.

Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the Spartan was declared in late 2016.

About the Aircraft

The C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifter will complement the Australian Defence Force's existing air mobility fleet.

Its capabilities bridge the gap between Army helicopters, such as the CH-47F Chinook, and larger Air Force aircraft, such as the C-130J Hercules and C-17A Globemaster III.

The Spartan will provide airlift of people, equipment and supplies in Australia and our region. It can operate from unsurfaced airstrips, and support humanitarian missions in remote locations.


Manufacturer Alenia/L3
Role Battlefield airlifter
Crew Pilot, co-pilot, loadmaster
Engine 2 Rolls-Royce AE 2100-D2
Airframe Length: 22.7 m, height: 9.6 m
Wingspan 28.7 m
Weight 30,500 kg
Range 1700km at maximum take off weight.
Ceiling 30,000 feet
Max Speed 670 km/h
Capacity 34 passengers; 21 stretcher patients; 5,000kg of cargo
Weapons Electronic self-protection measures