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Chad to receive C-27J Spartan transport aircraft

10 October 2013
Chad has become the latest African country to recapitalise its fixed-wing medium transport capability with a Western twin-turboprop aircraft. Two C-27J Spartans will be delivered in the coming months. Source: IHS/Patrick Allen

Chad has become the latest African country to recapitalise its fixed-wing medium transport capability with a Western twin-turboprop aircraft. Two C-27J Spartans will be delivered in the coming months. (IHS/Patrick Allen)Chad has become the latest African country to recapitalise its fixed-wing medium transport capability with a Western twin-turboprop aircraft. Two C-27J Spartans will be delivered in the coming months. (IHS/Patrick Allen)

The Chad Air Force (Force Aérienne Tchadienne - FAT) is to enhance its fixed-wing medium transport capability with the arrival of two new Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan aircraft, the company confirmed to IHS Jane's on 11 October.

Currently in varying stages of assembly at Alenia's facilities near Turin and Naples, the twin-turboprops will shortly be handed over to the North African country. The spokesperson did not disclose a delivery date.

The FAT already operates two Antonov An-26 'Curl' and one Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules transport aircraft that have been in service since 1994 and 1989 respectively. While it is not clear if the C-27Js will replace or augment any or all of these platforms, it is likely that the similarly-sized Russian-built An-26 aircraft will be retired in favour of the Italian-made Spartans.



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