AIR 8000 Phase 2 was approved to replace the retired Caribou capability and provide the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with an enhanced intra-theatre and regional airlift capability through acquisition of a fleet of ten new Light Tactical Fixed Wing aircraft. Ten C-27J aircraft in US Joint Cargo Aircraft configuration are being acquired through United States Air Force (USAF) Foreign Military Sales (FMS).

The C-27J can operate in remote and austere environments with a useful payload, range, in-theatre survivability and ability to operate from rudimentary airstrips. The C-27J capability is expected to conduct regional peacetime operations such as Humanitarian and Disaster Relief, Search and Rescue & Aero Medical Evacuation and airlift tasks including troop movement, cargo transport and airdrop operations.

The C-27J is based on the original Alenia G-222 design, re-engineered with modern engines and avionics.

Brand Royal Australian Air Force

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