A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-27J Spartan military transport aircraft has landed on Eyre highway in Nullarbor plain, Australia on Oct. 18.
Along with the Spartan, assigned to RAAF No. 35 Squadron, a Pilatus PC-12 turboprop aircraft, operated by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), has also landed on the Chadwick strip, one of two designated emergency road landing strips along the Eyre Highway.
The interstate highway was shut down before the landing operation by the South Australian Police (SAPOL).
The landing exercise was part of an integrated emergency services training exercise called Exercise Spartan Dawn. The exercise involve the Spartans landing on a range of surfaces, including a dry river bed in Western Australia and on the 1,660-kilometre Eyre Highway linking the Western Australia and South Australia.
Alenia C-27J Spartan
Alenia C-27J Spartan is a military transport aircraft developed and manufactured by Leonardo’s Aircraft Division.
It is an upgraded version of Alenia Aeronautica G.222 (C-27A Spartan in U.S. service), equipped with the engines and various other systems also used on the larger Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules.
In addition to the standard transport configuration, specialized variants of the C-27J have been developed for maritime patrol, search and rescue (SAR), C3 ISR (command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance), fire support and electronic warfare (EW) and ground-attack missions.