The Australian government will buy 10 Alenia Aermacchi/Lockheed Martin C-27Js to meet its tactical transport needs and replace de Havilland Caribous that were retired in 2009. The first C-27J is due in Australia in 2015, followed in late 2016 by its initial operating capability. The aircraft will be based at RAAF Richmond. Alenia's airlifter was the preferred candidate for the Royal Australian Air Force, although the Airbus Military C295 was also in the running and preferred by ...


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