NEW HOME: The first of 10 C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifters has arrived at RAAF Base Richmond. No 35 Squadron is set to call Amberley home.
NEW HOME: The first of 10 C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifters has arrived at RAAF Base Richmond. No 35 Squadron is set to call Amberley home. CPL David Said

$370m plan for Amberley Base to house battlefield aircraft

AMBERLEY is set to be home to 10 C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifters with approvals under way for a $370.4 million project to house the fleet.

The first of the aircraft arrived at RAAF Base Richmond in June and construction works are expected to start early next year.

The facilities for RAAF Base Amberley to support the new aircraft are expected to be completed by mid-2018.

The project will include constructing training areas, flight simulator, an aircraft parking tarmac, meteorology observation room, fire station and storage.

It will also include road extensions, demolition work and relocating heritage buildings.

The Department of Defence is seeking approval from the Public Works Committee for the facilities to maintain and operate the fleet.

Public hearings will be held in Ipswich in November and submissions to the inquiry close on October 22.

The aircraft will be operated by No 35 Squadron and serve as the airlift link between Army's rotary-wing fleet and Air Force's larger transport aircraft.

Defence has told the Public Works Committee that choosing RAAF Base Amberley as the main operating base for the aircraft would provide opportunities and efficiencies for the RAAF.

Director of the C-27J Transition Team Group Captain Steve Young said Amberley was the most flexible and efficient basing option to support the C-27J.

"Having the main operating base at Amberley will also improve responsiveness for major deployments through co-location with the C-17 capability," he said.

Further details are available on the Public Works Committee's website: aph.gov.au/pwc


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