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June 7, 2012
THE Spartans of Ancient
Greece were renowned for
their ability and presence on
That historical precedent is des-
tined to continue when the C-27J
enters RAAF service in early 2015.
AIRCDRE Gary Martin,
Commander Air Lift Group (ALG),
said his organisation had clear expec-
tations on what the C-27J would pro-
"Theatres such as Afghanistan, Iraq
and East Timor have clearly illustrated
many of the challenges Air Lift Group
can expect to face on the modern bat-
tlefield," AIRCDRE Martin said.
"Further to this, humanitarian oper-
ations in the Asia Pacific have required
time-critical airlift responses over long
distances, flying to small airfields with
AIRCDRE Martin said the C-27J
ideally complemented the cargo carry-
ing ability of the CH-47 and C-130J,
while being cheaper to operate per
"The C-27J significantly increases
the flexibility of ALG to deploy
Defence units, their vehicles and
equipment, to a wider range of air-
fields in our region," AIRCDRE
"Future Defence commanders at
forward bases can expect to rely on the
C-27J to sustain their operations."
Two Ohio Air National Guard
C-27Js were deployed to Afghanistan
with the 702nd Expeditionary Airlift
Squadron (EAS) for an eight-month
deployment from August 2011, provid-
ing direct support to US Army units.
They performed 67 airdrops with
more than 277 container delivery
system drops with food, water, blood
and ammunition. The United States
Department of Defense reported
the aircraft had reduced burdens on
American Hercules and Chinooks,
releasing them for other tasking.
LTCOL Jeffrey Charette, director
of operations for the 702nd EAS, said
Army commanders often required
speed of delivery over quantity.
"We often move very small
amounts of soldiers, aircraft parts or
blood for the needs of the frontline
unit," LTCOL Charette said.
MAJ Craig Jayson, executive
officer to a US Army Chinook unit
in Afghanistan, said the C-27J had
relieved his helicopters to fly more
missions to forward operating bases.
"We can focus on picking up per-
26 litters with six
oxygen system for
bundles; up to 5
tonnes through low
1800km with 9500kg
with 6000kg payload;
5900km with no
Recent experience of
American forces in
utility of the C-27J on
the battlefield, Eamon
sonnel and equipment that are lower
priority and fulfill requests that are
normally cancelled due to lack of
resources," MAJ Jayson said.
"Overall, the C-27J increases our
flexibility and ability to support more
customers in a single day."
-- Comments from US military sourced
THE US EXPERIENCE:
A USAF C-27J Spartan in
Afghanistan, and inset, inside
Photos: Msgt Jeffrey Allen, USAF
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