The Royal Australian Air Force has started flight training with its new Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan tactical airlifter on 15 December 2014, RAAF sources have confirmed.
The training is being done at the L-3 Communications facility at Waco Airfield in Texas, where the C-27Js are adapted to Australia’s needs. The first pair of 10 Spartans were officially handed over on 8 December.
The first C-27Js are expected on Australian soil by winter on the southern half of the globe next year and will fly with a re-commissioned 35 Squadron at RAAF Base Richmond.
Amongst the adaption made by L-3 to the RAAF Spartans are ballistic protection plates, a electronic self-protection system and a communications suite into the Australian Spartans. The first Australian C-27J had its first flight on 19 September 2013.
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