The C-27J is a twin turboprop military tactical airlifter that has a maximum payload of 25,353 lbs. and a range of 1,151 miles. The C-27J has been deployed in combat zones such as Afghanistan and is currently operated by the U.S. and many of its allies, including Italy, Greece and Bulgaria.
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The C-27J Spartan was designed by a team that consists of Alenia Aermacchi North America Inc., a designer and builder of aircraft; L-3 Communications Integrated Systems, a system integration company; and Global Military Aircraft Systems, a joint venture between Alenia Aermacchi North America Inc. and L-3 Communications Integrated Systems that is responsible for supporting the North American C-27J fleet.
The C-27J's primary competition for this purchase was the Airbus C-295, a twin turboprop military transport aircraft that is currently in service with 14 countries. The C-295 can carry 20,392 lbs. and has a range of 2,600 miles (828 with a full payload).
Delivery of the C-27J Spartans is to commence in 2015. The C-27Js are to replace Australia's old Caibou aircraft, which were taken out of service in 2009.