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.