Sunday, July 25, 2021

Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021 - Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan A34-008 "Wallaby 01" Spotted at Mackay Airport

On Sunday 25 July, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft A34-008 "Wallaby 01" was again the region, spotted at Mackay Airport.

It appeared to fly down from Townsville where it has been operating out of in recent days.

After a short time on the ground, A34-008 "Wallaby 01" departed to the South, possibly to RAAF Base Amberley.

The Alenia C-27J Spartan is a military transport aircraft developed and manufactured by Alenia Aermacchi.  The RAAF operates 10 of the C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifter after they were ordered back in May 2012 to replace the now-retired De Havilland DHC-4 Caribou fleet.

The RAAF C-27J Spartan aircraft complements the capabilities of the current C-130J Hercules and C-17A Globemaster aircraft and uses common C-130J Hercules infrastructure and aircraft systems such as engines, avionics and the cargo handling systems.  They will be equipped with missile warning systems, electronic self-protection and battlefield armour allowing them to operate freely in high-threat environments.

The current 10 Spartan aircraft are based at RAAF Base Amberley and operated by 35 Squadron.  Initial Operating Capability (IOC) for the C-27J was achieved in December 2016, while Final Operating Capability (FOC) was declared in late 2019.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter 'JM' for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

All photos taken by 'JM'  ©

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