Zambian Air Force now operating C-27J Spartan tactical transport aircraft

A C-27J Spartan transport aircraft bearing the marking of the Zambian Air Force was seen the Lanseria International Airport on 21 August.

In 2015, Zambia ordered two C-27Js from Alenia Aeronautics to complement or replace its aging fleet of BAe 748s, Y-12 and MA60 transport aircraft. 

The Zambian C-27Js are allocated the serial numbers; AF002 and AF003.

The C-27J Spartan transport aircraft was developed from the G-222/C-27A. For increased range, the C-27J uses the same engines and systems as the Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules.

With the  ability to carry up to 60 troops, the Spartan will significantly boost Zambia's airlift capability in the near future.

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