The Alenia C-27J Spartan is a medium-sized military transport aircraft which first came into service with the Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare) in 2006. In 2008, two of the aircraft were deployed to Afghanistan in support of NATO airlift operations.
The aircraft is extremely manoeuvrable and versatile with a high power-to-weight ratio which enables it to perform tight turns and rapid climbs/descents.
The aircraft, which can fly farther, faster and higher than any other twin engine military transport aircraft in its class, will once again come from the Reparto Sperimentale Volo, the Italian Flight Test Wing based at Pratica di Mare.
This base, near Rome, is where flight testing is carried out for all new aircraft introduced to the military.