Oct 25, 2013
C27J SPARTANS FOR CHAD AIR FORCE
The first example of the tactical transport for the African nation is largely complete, with its Rolls-Royce AE2100 engines installed. Avionics and mission systems are presently being added, with painting and a number of tests still to be performed ahead of delivery provisionally scheduled for mid-December.
The fuselage for the second aircraft will shortly arrive from Alenia's plant at Capodichino, Naples, says Francesco Dogliatti, product co-ordinator for the C-27J.
Training of Chad air force technicians and flight crew is already under way.
These new transport aircraft will add to the single C-130 Hercules currently in service with the Chad Air Force. Recent acquisitions by Chad of armoured vehicles and small arms, mainly from Eastern Europe, to re-equip its military forces may indicate an increase in military activities to combat the threat from rebel forces operating from the Darfur region in Sudan.