Steman From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 1393 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1600 times:
The perfect replacement for RAAF Caribous is the LMATTS C-27J Spartan II. It is a very good STOL cargo aircraft, derived by the higly succesful and combat proven Alenia G-222. It shares avionics, engines and other components with the C-130J, already in service with the RAAF. The Italian Air Force, (another C-130J operator) has already placed an order for 12 C-27J but it's likely to increase this amount.
Unfortunately, RAAF decided that they don't need a replacement for the aging fleet of Caribous and they cancelled the competition.
Qantas737 From Australia, joined Jul 2000, 738 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1574 times:
The RAAF delayed the replacement of their ageing caribous by another 10 years. The main problem with the aircraft are the unreliable radial engines on them. Though they sound so great and distinctive. I remember hearing once that the RAAF was planning on replacing the radial engines on the caribou with much more modern and economic engines, but I think that idea was also scrapped. One reason could be due to the airframe life, those birds cant last forever, so lets hope the RAAF find an exceptional aircraft that can fill the role of one the most important aircraft in RAAF history.