A joint company, Lockheed Martin Alenia Tactical Transport Systems (LMATTS), was formed in 1997 to develop the C-27J as well as to market the C-130J Hercules and C-27J
Spartan as a package. LM ended this arrangement to enter their C-130J in the US JCA contest.
 Once Lockheed Martin entered the JCA contest, LM's archrival Boeing announced an alliance with Alenia and L-3 to market the C-27J. In February 2009, Boeing announced that it was pulling out
of its C-27J production deal with Alenia North America (as it was then called).
 'Similarities' would be a better word than commonality. The cockpits may well be similar but type-specific training will be required none- theless. Likewise, the engines are the same subtype
but not the same model number (AE2100-D2A for C-27Js, AE2100-D3 for the C-130Js).
 A possible FWSAR purchase made this Florida plant controversial. Cabinet was said to be weighing potential public opinion backlash at the announcement of another major aircraft purchase
from a US plant. That became a moot point when Boeing abandoned its deal with Alenia on joint-production of C-27Js for the JCA contract (which was to have been a 60/40 production split
between Boeing and Alenia).
 Many countries are shifting to civilian agencies who, for reasons of economy, fly smaller and much more practical aircraft like Dash 8.
 Italy previously rejected the G.222 for SAR, prefering smaller aircraft. Recent SAR purchases for the Italian Coast Guard and Customs Police were for the Alenia ATR-42 MP
Surveyor similar to the widely-used Dash-8MP. Italy also ordered larger ATR-72MPs for ASW use.
 The largest C-27J order was for US JCA. But the JCA contract has since been cancelled and the USAF is now looking to
divest itself of the handful of 21 C-27Js. The C-27J Spartan has also been ordered by: Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, and Morocco.