Alenia C-27J Spartan (CSX62219 / RS-50) from the Italian Air Force at the Royal Netherlands Air Force Open Days 2019, Volkel (the Netherlands)
The Alenia C-27J Spartan is a military transport aircraft developed and manufactured by Leonardo's Aircraft Division (formerly Alenia Aermacchi until 2016). It is an advanced derivative of Alenia Aeronautica's earlier 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 and Ground-Attack missions. The C-27J has also been ordered by the military air units of Australia, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Mexico, Morocco, Romania, Peru, and Slovakia. The Italian Air Force has 12 aircraft in operation as of January 2012 with the 98º Gruppo (98th Squadron) / 46ª Brigata Aerea (46th Air Brigade).
Each year the Netherlands armed forces services organises open days on a rotational basis. Open days are intended to show how the Netherlands Defence organisation works for peace and security throughout the world. On these days everyone is welcome to have a look behind the scenes.
The 2019 Royal Netherlands Air Force Open Days took place at Volkel Air Base, home to 312 and 313 F-16 Fighting Falcon squadrons.